Airs Sunday, October 26 at 6 p.m. The Keystone XL pipeline has been a controversial project in both the United States and Canada. On this edition of America Abroad, audiences in Lincoln, Nebraska and Calgary, Canada engaged in a cross border discussion about how the oil sands industry and the building of the Keystone XL pipeline directly affects their lives.
Farmer Julia Trigg Crawford has watched the pipeline being built in her pasture in Direct, Texas.
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An East Texas organization will protest TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday. NacSTOP aims to draw attention to the dangers of transporting tar sands crude. The group was organized three years ago to stall construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline that runs from Cushing, Okla., to refineries along the Gulf Coast.
Protestors swarm the Houston offices of TransCanada Monday in protest of the Keystone XL pipeline.
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The grassroots coalition Tar Sands Blockade took its peaceful protest of the Keystone XL pipeline to Houston this week to occupy the lobby of a building where TransCanada has offices. Dozens of protesters have used civil disobedience tactics to try to slow down construction of the pipeline through East Texas. The activists, who come from all over the country, have also found their way into church pews in Nacogdoches.
A legal clash over landowner rights in Texas comes to a head at the Lamar County Courthouse in Paris. Julia Trigg Crawford of Direct is challenging TransCanada's ability to condemn her land in order to build the 500-mile Keystone XL Gulf Coast pipeline. Supporters of landowner rights intend to pack the courtroom.