There’s a standoff right now in the Lone Star State, with local protestors facing off against what they consider a foreign threat, and reports indicate that the violence is escalating. Activists say they’ve been pepper sprayed, Tasered, and roughly manhandled by police while perched in the path of heavy machinery employed by TransCanada, the pipeline company that’s attempting to bulldoze a path for the southern leg of its highly controversial Keystone XL project.
The blockaders — who represent local Texas landowners and climate activists — are holding ground on privately owned land that was seized by TransCanada through threats of eminent domain. Here’s a quick blow-by-blow of the standoff, which started Monday and quickly escalated to startling levels, as reported by the protestors through blogs and social media. (For more, see this report from anti-tar sands crusader Bill McKibben, who is also an OnEarth contributing editor.)