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Ron Seifert, 843-814-2796,
Ramsey Sprague, 682-556-0553,

Keystone XL Construction Stopped as Tar Sands Protester Locks to Underground Capsule

Tar Sands Blockade defends yet another Texas home from eminent domain abuse


A Tar Sands Blockade protester has stopped the destruction of a small family farm in East Texas by locking himself in front of oncoming Keystone XL clearing equipment. Houston resident, Alejandro de la Torre, 28, is taking action to stop the Keystone XL pipeline from destroying the home of yet another Texas family threatened by TransCanada's poisonous tar sands slurry.

In a powerful display of conviction, De la Torre locked his arm into a concrete capsule buried directly in the proposed path of the toxic pipeline. This courageous act is preventing TransCanada's unwelcomed onslaught of machines from devastating property captured through eminent domain abuse.

"I was raised in New Orleans, so I've seen how local communities suffer at the hands of multinational corporations," attests de la Torre. "I'm willing to risk arrest today to stop this tar sands pipeline because I have the privilege to help protect the safety of those most affected. Keystone XL endangers the health and safety of everyone from the landowners and their families now threatened by cancer causing leaks, to the refinery communities in Houston that have to breathe the dirty air, as well as people of color around the world who are disproportionately affected by climate change."

In a separate protest just miles away on the other side of Winnsboro, Tar Sands Blockade's aerial tree protest enters into its second week. Sitters in platforms nearly 100 feet in the air are not deterred by reckless behavior on the part of TransCanada's work crews. Despite repeated warning of the dangers on the part of the protesters, the company is encouraging the use of dangerous tree clearing equipment within feet of protesters' trees, endangering their lives.

WHERE: Protest is at pipeline route crossing of TX State Highway 11, about 3 miles east of downtown Winnsboro, Texas.