Deal in Court Could End Pipeline Protests


thumb_Keystone-Pipeline-map2QUITMAN (AP) – An agreement reached between attorneys for a company building a Canada-to-Gulf Coast oil pipeline and various groups protesting the project could signal a retreat on the part of demonstrators. The Longview News-Journal reports lawyers for TransCanada obtained a permanent injunction in Wood County District Court against Tar Sands Blockade, Rising Tide North America, Rising Tide Texas, and others. Under the injunction, protesters agreed to several things, including not going onto TransCanada property to protest and not preventing access to the company’s right of way easements or equipment or that of contractors. A spokesman for one of the anti-pipeline groups, Stop Tarsands Oil Pipelines, did not immediately return an email seeking comment on Saturday. TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline is designed to carry tar sands oil from Canada to Texas refineries.

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