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Protesters try to block Keystone XL construction in Oklahoma

Oklahoma residents Eric Whelan and Gwen Ingram were arrested for trying to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in southern Oklahoma.
BY JAY F. MARKS Modified: April 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm •  Published: April 16, 2013

The line being built now will transport oil from Cushing's storage hub to refineries along the Gulf Coast.

Arkansas spill cited

“Keystone XL sounded like a bad idea from the beginning,” Whelan said in a news release. “The Mayflower spill proves that we shouldn't be trusting these multinational corporations, like Exxon or Trans-Canada, because every spill further exposes their criminal incompetence. Now TransCanada wants to build a toxic pipeline through the center of the country.

“I'm taking action to prevent a tragedy like that from happening in Oklahoma.”

Protesters insist the corrosive nature of the thick Canadian oil makes pipelines more prone to leaks. When spills do occur, diluted bitumen, which is heavier than regular crude oil, sinks in water and into the water table.