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Nacogdoches grassroots organization protest Keystone XL pipeline with light brigade


A sign of caution lit up Mound Street Wednesday night as members of NacStop, a group against tar sands oil, demonstrated their opposition against the start-up of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

"As this pipeline starts having product flow through it we are all at risk, all of us have the potential to have our air, water, places that we love changed forever," said Maya Lemon, NacStop Member.

Members of the group believe the pipeline presents a danger the people near it and decided to use an Autonomous light brigade to educate and prepare the community.

A group of about 25 concerned citizens used these lighted signs to spread their message of caution about the pipeline.

 "Tar sands is different than conventional crude oil, it's a very heavy dense product," said Lemon.

Demonstrator Steve Chism says there are over 200 toxins flowing though the pipeline and says now that the pump has started focus shifts from landowner rights to all around community safety.

"Particularly in the Douglass School district where the pipeline runs 700 feet behind the Douglass School district," said Chism.

Their sign reads caution KXL tar sands here today and Chism says no one is prepared for the potential consequences of the pipeline.

"The numerous anomalies that have been detected in the pipeline so far local first responders aren't anywhere prepared for what may happen," said Chism.

Demonstrators say the safety and well being of their community propels them forward in their fight against the pipeline.

"The motivation for us in this group is to work for the things that are most precious to us, our children and our family," said Lemon.

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