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Texas Man Takes Last Stand Against Keystone XL Pipeline

Environment  (tags: East Texas, landowner David Daniel, 20 acres, woods, TransCanada, Keystone XL Pipeline, network of 7 treehouses, Tar Sands Blockade, 80 days )

- 2003 days ago -
An east Texas landowner was so determined to block the Keystone XL pipeline from coming through his forest that he took to his trees and built an elaborate network of treehouses eight stories above the ground.

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Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 12:54 am
Kudos to him thanks Judy

Teresa W (782)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 3:57 am
Rose is right. Kudos to him!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 4:03 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 2:12 pm
So sad. He tried. Hard.

Judy C (97)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 11:17 pm
This about made me cry. David Daniel did give this blockade an heroic effort, and the people who joined him are heroic as well. It's a sorry day in the U.S. when a FOREIGN corporation can seize an American citizen's land. It's doubly bad, because this project will not really benefit our country, anyway. It has a grave potential to be destructive, too.

Christeen Anderson (371)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 2:29 am
What an awesome job he did. Thanks for sharing.

Edwin M (346)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 5:58 am
It's a very sad commentary on our Country when the rights of corporations have more weight than it's citizens.

David C (129)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 6:35 am
good luck.....its sad that even a state where they hate Big Govt and tend to praise the individual doesn't listen to its people....

Bette M (91)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 6:38 am
Hope this couragious man starts an army of volunteers to help his cause.
More power to him!!!!!!!!

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 7:16 am
Energy security; hardly. What we are looking at is a form of eminent domain in action. Energy security sounds a lot like "in the interest of national security"; that catch-all phrase used to obfuscate government wrong doings or to cover up their avaricious lust for more profit. There are 46.3 million barrels of oil at the Conoco Phillips facility in Oklahoma that is being held until such time that the commodity traders can manipulate price for maximum profit. It will end up on the world market and will not benefit the general public. Mark my words for the third time. Obama will have to cave on the Keystone. I don't like it; no one likes it except the oil people and the commodity traders; and the six multi national corporations and subsidiaries etal who own 90% of the world resources. Keep fighting because sometimes miracles do happen.

Gloria p (304)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 8:18 am
G-d bless Daniel. Our property was messed up in an environmental battle when I was little. It's worth it to fight anyway.

Mary W (31)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 8:23 am
This is eminent domain, plain & simple. When I lived in Myanmar the military dictatorship took peoples' land by force all the time. In the US the same thing happens - it's no surprise that this is not in the mainstream news. So much for the rights of landowners. So much for democracy. No wonder Americans want guns.

James Doeppers (0)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 12:16 pm

Barbara K (60)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 12:31 pm
Hope this hero can find more to help him. I wish that countries couldn't just take over our land like this. That needs to be changed.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 12:36 pm
Noted, good man!

Colleen L (3)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 1:21 pm
Good for him. We all need to stand up and fight in positive ways to block out what we don't want. Thanks Judy

Don Schwarz (5)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 2:27 pm
Noted. Yes, Daniel is a very good man. I hope he does not become bitter, but keeps on fighting for the environment. He must have felt so great when the volunteers came in to fight for his trees. I agree with Theodore S. that Obama will cave on the remaining portion of the pipeline. My impression is that the finished products will be on the world market and sold abroad. So much for national security.

Ann Breeden (65)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 2:38 pm
Wow, this guy deserves a medal for putting up one awesome fight. I hope this can be stopped somehow because this "sludge" is simply going to make a lot of pollution and a major carbon footprint.

Roseann d (178)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 2:51 pm
Why don't they just start flying the Canadian flag down there since Canada has more rights than US citizens. Where is the Don't Mess with Texas Crowd when you need them, or Oil from anywhere, anytime, the state motto?

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 2:54 pm
I, too, wiped a few tears while reading....a human emotion never felt by corporations. Just breaks my heart, but also can't help but be inspired by this creative "man with a plan." So glad these articles are being written and distributed....allowing more to be informed, and hopefully voice protest to our so-called "leaders." Now is not the time to give up in resignation, but to gather more and keep pushing against these horrible, Mother-Earth-killing corporations.

Janet R (38)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 3:03 pm
I feel bad for Daniel and the other landowners getting screwed out of their land. It is completely wrong that a foreign corporation can take his land based on eminent domain. That is a crock of nonsense. Ignorant Americans buy the corporation BS that we need the pipeline because we are going to be using the oil. Wrong, it's being exported and we aren't getting anything but the risk of pollution when there is a spill and there will be many spills. I personally have sent Obama emails about this issue but I guess he doesn't care probably because he, like the Repugs, is under the spell of the rich.

Luna Lockwood (5)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 3:17 pm
Jean-Jacques Rousseau put it best when he said, "You are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody."

Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 5:38 pm
Too bad he lost the fight , why are they so oil hungry, we have solar and wind power !!

Russell R (2)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 6:00 pm
First,Let me state that I am FRACKING MAD that a foreign, private, company is given the power of Eminent Domain! It is not a highway or anything that benefits the public. It does not create any permanent jobs, except at the refineries in Texas. We clean it up and it is shipped out to China and we get left with the toxic material that is filtered out and the privilege of disposing it. We do get the whitest sand ever, at-least, that is what they and also need to get rid of that. I'm not sure that you know this but China has been buying up stock in these companies with a controlling interest, since they own 51% of these companies stock. So now it is really China and not our neighbor, Canada that is control of this pipeline. Any damage done will just be taken off our tab that we have with China and we the people will have to pay for it. Obama will give the go ahead after he renews his Oath of Office. He doesn't care what happens here in the states because his home will be in Hawaii!.

Pamela C (75)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 7:25 pm
Fock TransCanada; here's a terrorist organization that our government protects. And how dare they blame us using gas guzzling cars when Standard Oil bought and/or threatened and killed anyone who filed a patent threatening their oil monopoly? Easement, my @ss, that is someone's property they are pulling their damned machines onto. I wish for TransCanada and their shareholders every consideration they have shown the people that get in the way of their profits.

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 8:10 pm
It is so damm sad that our crappy bought off polit. will let this happen to its own people, our goverment sucks

Robert O (12)
Friday December 28, 2012, 12:30 am
I really give him credit for making such a terrific effort. The tragedy is that corporate interests always triumph over the will of the people (and I don't mean the 1%-ers) . If nothing else, he put up a good fight and is a shining example of the power of one, even if things didn't turn out well it doesn't hurt to try. Thanks Judy.

Kira Leeon (13)
Friday December 28, 2012, 1:26 am
The same deplorable situation is occuring throughout my home- Australia- with foreign interests greedily ravaging our magnificent environment . But where is this Texas landowner's support group? He is remarkably courageous to pit his sole will against a voracious resource extraction company. In my own neighbourhood- there is a support group bitterly fighting a major resource extraction company that intends mining for coal seam gas in our residential zone directly beneath our houses even though the region is geologically and environmentally sensitive and important to the indigenous peoples. As affected members of the public- we have the option of writing submissions to the state government which then carries out a governmental inquiry. We are still waiting on the state government's decision. David Daniel is a very fine example of a passionate person driven by environmental ethics. He is a steward of the Earth and though I cannot be there to help him protect his land- my heart stands with him.

Bette M (91)
Friday December 28, 2012, 2:16 am
This man desrves many BRAVOA,S for his statement!!!!!!!!!
And all of us should support & help in this insanely political

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.


Muriel Servaege (53)
Friday December 28, 2012, 2:45 pm
He's not the only one to be against Keystone XL pipeline. But, contrary to polar bears, humans can express their disapproval and are not killed for their skins. Obviously, that pipeline destroys a lot, except the wallet of a happy few.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 2:46 pm
Thanks, cool stuff
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