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campaign-against-canadian-keystone-xl-pipeline-driven-by-us-foundation-millionsDaily Caller:

A Powerpoint presentation obtained by The Daily Caller shows that during a July 2008 meeting, the $789 million Rockefeller Brothers Fund proposed to coordinate and fund a dozen environmental and anti-corporate activist groups’ efforts to scuttle pipelines carrying tar sands oil from Canada to the United States.

The most recent incarnation of that pipeline plan, the Keystone XL project, was the subject of intense public controversy until the Obama administration rejected it in January.

The 2008 meeting consisted of presentations from Rockefeller Brothers Fund program officer Michael Northrop, Corporate Ethics International Executive Director Michael Marx, Natural Resources Defense Council attorney Susan Casey-Lefkowitz and the director of a Canadian activist group called the Pembina Institute.Scissors-32x32.png

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LA Times: Texans rally against Keystone XL oil pipeline easement

Kim Murphy

February 17, 2012



Eddy Radillo was among dozens of Texans who rallied outside the Lamar County Courthouse in Paris, Texas, against plans to condemn land for an easement for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. (Sam Craft/The Paris News)


President Obama may have nixed a permit for the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, but that hasn’t stopped the Canadian company that wants to build the 1,660-mile structure from going to court to force the cooperation of landowners who don’t want it crossing their land.


The issue erupted into a noisy protest Friday in Paris, Texas, where farm manager Julia Trigg Crawford has sought a temporary restraining order to prevent the company, TransCanada, from beginning any construction or digging on her property until issues of legal jurisdiction are decided.


TransCanada has sought to dissolve a restraining order granted a week ago, saying it is legally entitled to pursue eminent domain proceedings along the proposed pipeline route under existing state and federal laws—though it says it has no plans to begin any construction.


The issue has brought conservative tea party groups out rallying alongside environmentalists opposed to tar sands oil production, united behind Crawford’s attempt to keep the pipeline from crossing her 600-acre farm in the town of Direct, near Paris, where she fears it could contaminate the creek that irrigates her fields and damage Native American burial artifacts.


“Protect Texas landowners over foreign tar sands pipelines,” said many of the signs being marched around outside the Lamar County Courthouse. At least 75 citizens — conservative property rights advocates, gray-haired landowners, environmental activists and even some Occupy protesters — filled the small courtroom.



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