Pipeline Fuels Controversies Over Eminent Domain, Imminent Disaster
Concerns of East Texans have been reflected by Americans all along the proposed TransCanada Keystone Pipeline route.
This second leg of the 4,000-mile TransCanada Pipeline consists of approximately 1,702 miles of new 36-inch-diameter pipeline, with 327 miles in Canada and 2,375 miles within the United States, designed to deliver up to 1.5 million barrels per day of crude oil to U.S. refineries. Pipeline construction is designed to extend from Hardisty, a town in Alberta, Canada, to terminals in Texas, extending to the Gulf Coast area near Beaumont.
The underground pipeline network is said to be five times the length of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline...
[snip]Plans for a pipeline to snake through area counties have some East Texans up in arms. Property owners are protesting TransCanada pipeline's strong-arming exercise of eminent domain to take private property for public use, while others fear imminent disaster in the form of a pipeline leak or spill that could taint the pristine waters of the Big Cypress Creek Watershed, take out wildlife and the lush forestry, and threaten agriculture across the Piney Woods.