22 Mar '12, 9pm

Texas landowner calls out Obama on Keystone XL fast-tracking

Texas landowner calls out Obama on Keystone XL fast-tracking

The author and his family on their property. (Photo by Char Doonan.) President Obama is in Cushing, Okla., where he just issued a specific memorandum to federal agencies, not just to build, but to expedite the approval of the southern leg of the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline. Many concerned citizens are also in Cushing today. Indigenous communities, landowners, environmentalists, and Occupy activists showed up strong in spirit in opposition to the pipeline. But they weren’t at the pipe yard from which President Obama trumpeted his plan to expedite the southern segment — a pipe yard owned by TransCanada, the Canadian oil company backing Keystone XL. These concerned citizens were fenced into a “free speech zone” six miles away from where President Obama stood, threatened with arrest if they attempted to leave the designated area. Why does this concern me? I am David Daniel,...

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