An August 22 ruling by a county judge that will allow the Canadian TransCanada corporation to seize land by eminent domain for the controversial Keystone Pipeline sparked immediate outrage among a small group of environmentalists and activists, including several from Dallas, Arlington and Denton counties. The activists, who quickly took the name The Tar Sands Blockade, staged a blockade at the entrance to a pipeline yard in Livingston, TX on August 28. Livingston, about 250 miles southeast of Fort Worth, is near a staging ground for the southern leg of the Keystone Pipeline, that will run from Cushing, OK to Port Arthur, TX.

In all, seven protesters were arrested, at least four of them for having chained themselves to the undercarriage of an 18-wheeler loaded with 36” pipes destined for the Keystone Pipeline. The blockade halted pipeline delivery for an entire day.

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