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Anti-Keystone XL Pipeline Activists Settle TransCanada Lawsuit

HeadlineJan 30, 2013

A group of activists opposed to the Keystone XL oil pipeline has agreed to settle a lawsuit with TransCanada, the company behind the project, after the firm alleged a months-long protest blockade cost it millions of dollars. Environmentalists with the Tar Sands Blockade have tried to halt the pipeline’s route through Texas to Gulf Coast refineries with tree-sits and other protests. Opponents say the tar sands pipeline would devastate the environment and pollute communities in its path. After TransCanada alleged blockaders had cost them $5 million, the activists say they chose to settle in order to protect local residents who could have lost their homes and life savings. While the group has agreed not to trespass on Keystone XL property in Texas or Oklahoma, they say the fight against the pipeline will continue. Protests against the project have also erupted in Nebraska, where Gov. Dave Heineman recently approved the state’s section of the pipeline route. President Obama has delayed a decision on the pipeline until the spring after initially putting it until after the November election.

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