TransCanada files lawsuit to block Keystone XL protests

Pipeline developer TransCanada has filed a lawsuit in Atoka County seeking to block protesters from getting in the way of construction of the southern section of its Keystone XL pipeline.
by Jay F. Marks Modified: May 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm •  Published: May 11, 2013
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Energy infrastructure company TransCanada has asked an Oklahoma judge to help keep protesters away from its pipeline construction sites.

The company is building a 485-mile oil pipeline between Cushing's storage hub and refineries along the Gulf Coast.

Construction is expected to be completed this summer, but crews working in Oklahoma have been hampered about a half-dozen times by protesters affiliated with the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance.

TransCanada filed a lawsuit Monday in Atoka County seeking a temporary restraining order against the environmental group and 21 individuals involved in the protests.

A judge barred three people — who already had been arrested in Atoka County — from interfering with pipeline construction, but he did not rule on the others named in TransCanada's lawsuit, the environmental group said Friday.

The group contends the lawsuit is part of a broader campaign to “criminalize” dissent and discredit opposition to what it calls a “dangerous” project. Protesters are concerned about the possible hazards posed by the Gulf Coast Project pipeline's transportation of diluted bitumen from Canada's oil sands.

A project spokesman on Friday said the lawsuit is about safety and respect for the law.

“The TRO we are seeking would protect our ability to construct the pipeline under the law,” spokesman Jim Prescott said. “It also is an effort to respect landowners' rights and the safety of the men and woman who are building the safest pipeline system in America.”


by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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