East Texans protest the Keystone XL Pipeline before the bill gets to Obama's desk

East Texans protest the Keystone XL Pipeline before the bill gets to Obama's desk
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A few East Texans are hoping their message reaches the White House over the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. The bill is getting closer to the president' desk.

On Monday, the bill advanced with a procedural vote in the Senate. It has already passed the House. The president has already said he'd veto the bill and that's exactly what the Autonomous Light Brigade wants the president to do.

"We are part of a nationwide day of action to ask President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline," said Vicki Baggett, a member of Autonomous Light Brigade.

About a dozen East Texans stood out in the cold in front of the Nacogdoches County Courthouse with one simple message: Reject Keystone XL.

"It's is now up to the president to say that this is not good for our country," Baggett said.

Protesters said right now is a critical time to speak out.

"I'm fervently opposed to the Keystone Pipeline and I'm hoping President Obama will veto it," said Barbara Richards, an Angelina County resident who is against the pipeline.

The protesters said their reasons for the opposition are simple.

"It's a danger, an eminent danger," Richards said.

"I've always been concerned about the environment," said Louanne Tatum, a Lufkin resident against the bill moving forward. "I believe we have got to do something if we're going to have a world with safe air and water for our kids and grand kids."

The section of the pipeline that runs through East Texas is already pumping but these activists say it's not something we need flowing from one end of the country to the other.

"The southern leg is online pumping tar sands through Nacogdoches County and Angelina County at the same time having the Keystone go online will further exacerbate climate change," Baggett said.

"We can't stop it here, yet," Tatum said. "But we can stop it and the President can stop it from coming all the way through the aquifers that basically provide water for the breadbasket of America."

So  now, the Autonomous Light Brigade will share their message and hope that it is heard.

"The people we really do have power and when we speak up we can change things," Baggett said.

The proposed 1,179 mile pipeline would start in Canada and run from Montana, connect to an existing pipeline in Nebraska that ends at refineries in the Texas Gulf Coast

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