Texas Pipeline Blockade Continues amid Crackdown on Journalists

In East Texas, activists protesting the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline are continuing their attempts to block tree-clearing efforts for a third week amid reported crackdowns against journalists. Two reporters embedded with the activists were arrested and held overnight before charges against them were dropped. Activists say TransCanada, the company behind the oil pipeline, is paying local police to provide security. Two journalists from the New York Times were also held in handcuffs before being released. Activists with the Tar Sands Blockade say they are attempting to the protect the environment and local water supplies from toxic tar sands oil.

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