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Texans claim TransCanada is misleading

Oct. 2, 2012 at 6:21 AM   |   Comments

QUITMAN, Texas, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A demonstrator protesting Canadian energy company TransCanada said she was misled about plans for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

TransCanada scored a victory in Texas courts over landowners who sued over property rights. The company is working on sections of its Keystone XL oil pipeline, meant to deliver so-called tar sands oil from Canada to refineries along the southern U.S. coast.

A demonstrator in Wood County, Texas, cemented himself to an easement where construction is set to take place as an act of protest against TransCanada, reports regional ABC affiliate KLTV.

First responders were able to detach the protester from the easement by late Monday.

Fellow protester Cindy Spoon told the broadcaster that she was concerned about the potential environmental threats posed by pipelines carrying tar sands oil once she investigated the matter herself.

"TransCanada was never honest about it being tar sands oil that's coming through the pipe and not crude oil," she was quoted as saying.

In July, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted TransCanada that last of three permits needed to advance its 485-mile Gulf Coast Project, the domestic leg of Keystone XL. Parts of that project run through Texas.

TransCanada has touted Keystone XL as one of the safest pipelines of its kind.

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