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Keystone XL pipeline opponents plan protests

Tar Sands Blockade intends to use civil disobedience to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline between Cushing and refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.
BY JAY F. MARKS Modified: August 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm •  Published: August 17, 2012

The group's website included several pictures of protest participants with homemade signs. One was taken at the iconic sign marking Cushing as the “pipeline crossroads of the world.”

Environmental worry

The pipeline, which is expected to be completed by mid- to late 2013, is expected to help reduce the glut of oil in storage at Cushing, but opponents worry about the potential environmental impact of moving the product from Canada's oil sands through the region.

The Obama administration rejected TransCanada's application to build the full Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf, but the company opted to proceed with the south portion.

TransCanada said it has received all necessary permits to build the pipeline between Cushing and refineries in the Houston area.

“Regardless of some people's opinions about this pipeline, we hope that they will conduct themselves in a way that respects the safety and security of our work sites and the employees and contractors working there,” a company spokesman said.