Sierra Club rallies with East Texans, hoping to stop major pipeline

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – A massive, high pressure pipeline stretching roughly 2,000 miles through the heart of East Texas.

TransCanada is moving forward with plans to build a pipeline from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast transporting tarsands oil.

This is despite some East Texans' concerns about the pipeline going through their own backyards.

Thursday, the Sierra Club met with these landowners and other concerned citizens, discussing claims that health concerns are in play in addition to water and air quality, as well as land rights.

The group is requesting that TransCanada and the U.S. State Department study the project more closely to find answers to their questions.

"Tell us what impacts would this have on Texas water if it were to spill? What impacts would it have on Texan air if it were to be refined in Houston? Just give us some basic information," said Director of the National Tarsands Program, Kate Colarulli.

The Sierra Club is sponsoring another meeting tomorrow in Nacogdoches at Java Jack's Coffee House at 8:30 a.m.

TransCanada maintains safety of the public and the environment is their top priority -- through ongoing maintenance and inspection, combined with investment in pipeline research and development.

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