For Immediate Release
Blockader Mans Tree Platform in Nature Preserve to Prevent Keystone XL Clear Cut, Launching 2nd Tree Sit Protest
WASHINGTON - A Texas man climbed up in a tree and is refusing to come down toprevent TransCanada from bulldozing a section of a nature preserve for its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Today’s events at West End Nature Preserve outside Mt. Vernon, Texas mark the second tree sit staged by Tar Sands Blockade. The other tree blockade, located just south of neighboring Winnsboro, Texas, marks its 18th day today.
Kevin Redding, 22, a lifelong Texan who currently resides in Austin, described his decision to climb the tree, “I want to defend our Texas wilderness from a multinational corporation’s blatant disregard for our landscape and clean water. I’m here to defend my landowner friends and their families from toxic tar sands spills that would poison their drinking water.”
Kevin intends to prevent TransCanada’s clearing crews from cutting a wide scar of destruction through the 455-acre land preserve. Unlike a crude oil pipeline, tar sands sludge must be diluted with extraordinarily toxic solvents and then heated to extreme temperatures to be pumped through the pipe. The Keystone I pipeline, Keystone XL’s predecessor, has leaked 12 times in its first year of operation alone. Keystone XL would carry a more toxic, pipe-corroding substance which could result in upwards of 1.7 million gallons a day of spilled sludge without even triggering TransCanada’s leak detection system.
This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.
Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do.