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Tarnation

30 Jan

Environmentalists, landowners and Valero await decision on the Keystone XL pipeline

By Michael Barajas

PHOTOS BY TAR SANDS BLOCKADE / LAURABOREALISA protester is arrested outside Wells, Texas.

PHOTOS BY TAR SANDS BLOCKADE / LAURABOREALIS
A protester is arrested outside Wells, Texas.

The town of Wells is easy to overlook, just a few blocks of homes and a school stretching along a busy state highway. Paths that shoot north from the main drag plunge you deep into a forest of towering East Texas pines. In November, construction crews here navigated bulldozers, feller bunchers, and excavators through rows of trees, laying the groundwork for a fight with global implications: the battle over a 1,700-mile pipeline connecting Texas oil refineries to Canada’s vast deposits of tar sands. Continue reading