NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Michael Bishop stands between his apple and peach trees, right where he says TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline wants to cut straight through his front yard.
"Eminent Domain just keeps going and it's a monster that keeps growing and we keep feeding it," Bishop said.
Activists are hoping they can fight the pipeline with a phone line.
The Sierra Club and East Texas activists are opening a hotline for landowners claiming abuse from the proposed pipeline.
"I have people in my congregation who are intimidated by companies like this one and this is an effort for folks to know there are others who are concerned and talk to one another and find out what else is being done," Rev. Kyle Childress said.
David Daniel also worries about what he says are dangerous chemicals flowing through the line.
"This is not a normal oil pipeline that we normally see coming through Texas," Daniel said. "This is the contents has all kinds of heavy metals in it by itself, tar sands itself."
But, a TransCanada spokesperson says the company deals with landowners using trust, fairness and respect.
Furthermore, the company says it's aiding in the public's safety and is committed to social responsibility with respect to the land and landowners on the project.
These landowners aren't buying it and are leaning on a hotline to find strength in numbers.
When you call the hotline, an answering machine will pick up. After you select Texas, you can leave your complaint anonymously or give your contact information and they'll help you get in touch with other protestors.
Activists like Bishop say it's not about compensation.
"It's not the money, no amount of money can replace what my legacy for my children and grandchildren is going to be," Bishop said.
The new hotline for the Keystone XL pipeline is 1-866-363-4648.
TransCanada is encouraging the Sierra Club to notify them of calls on the hotline so they can take action.