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Keystone XL Pipeline Critic Disrupts TransCanada Speech by Locking Neck to Projector Screen

HeadlinesMar 01, 2013

A protester in Houston, Texas, has been arrested after disrupting a presentation by TransCanada in the latest direct action against the company’s Keystone XL oil pipeline. Ethan Nuss locked his neck to a projector screen and decried the project’s impact on the climate and communities of color for several minutes before he was removed.

Ethan Nuss: "I protested. I’ve signed petitions. I stood in line. I testified at public hearings. Nothing else has seemed to work, so today—today I am here to do nonviolent civil disobedience to have my voice heard."

Event coordinator: "OK, everybody, folks, I would like say, why don’t we all take a break and go off. We’ll take a break here. We have a police officer here, and we’ll put this man in custody and arrest him. So, I apologize for all this."

Ethan Nuss: "You can no longer hide from us, because we are everywhere. We will continue to show up at your functions. We will no longer allow business to continue that brings this kind of climate chaos."

A decision from President Obama on the pipeline, which would carry tar sands crude from Canada to Texas, is expected in the coming months after a series of delays.

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