Protestors of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline demonstrated at the company's downtown headquarters and another building Monday, with similar protests occurring in other cities, including Westborough, Massachusetts, where students superglued themselves together in an office lobby. In Houston, demonstrators staged a "die-in," complete with a "pipe dragon."
More than 150 took part in the Houston demonstrations, according to Tar Sands Blockade, the group that coordinated the efforts.
Tar Sands Blockade Spokesman Ron Seifert told Hair Balls, "We're sending a clear message to TransCanada and Keystone XL project coordinators that what they are doing is destroying people's lives, it's affecting not only landowners across Texas, but indigenous first nation communities in Alberta whose land is being destroyed, whose waters are being poisoned, as well as right here in Houston -- communities, primarily of color, who are disproportionately impacted by refining the toxic slurry that is tar sands. So enough is enough."
In an e-mailed statement, TransCanada Spokesman David Dodson said, "TransCanada has the legal authority to construct the Gulf Coast Project, and this is another example of the protestors' attempt to stop a project that is currently providing thousands of jobs to American workers....Our neighbors in the office building whose lobby was briefly occupied are not associated in any way with construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. They are just people trying to get to their jobs." He also stated, "We are building the safest pipeline ever built, one that will greatly enhance America's energy security."
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We expect more demonstrations in the future -- and we hope those will also include dragons!