Trending
MOST READ
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Brendan Gleeson Carries Pitch-black ‘Calvary,’ Weighed Down by the Rest

Brendan Gleeson Carries Pitch-black ‘Calvary,’ Weighed Down by the Rest

Screens: Father James (Brendan Gleeson) sits in a confessional, waiting. An unseen man enters the box and says, “The first time I tasted semen, I was seven... By David Riedel 8/20/2014
What to Know Before You Go On A Cleanse

What to Know Before You Go On A Cleanse

Food & Drink: It’s been a year since I’ve taken up this gig of eating and drinking across San Antonio. Since then, no fewer than seven juice shops have opened in the area... By Jessica Elizarraras 8/20/2014
15 Types of Commonly Encountered College Students

15 Types of Commonly Encountered College Students

College Issue 2014: Usually a freshman, this student tries to absorb everything the teacher says and immediately after class rushes to... By Alex Deleon 8/18/2014
Free Will Astrology

Free Will Astrology

Astrology: ARIES (March 21-April 19): An American named Kevin Shelley accomplished a feat worthy of inclusion in the... By Rob Brezsny 8/20/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

The QueQue

The QueQue: Protesting Canadian tar sands in Texas, Global warning hasn’t reached Perry

Photo: , License: N/A


Protesting Canadian tar sands in Texas

East Texas resident David Daniel didn’t know anything about the planned 1,700-mile pipeline called the Keystone XL, planned to run tar-sands-derived oil (a sludge up to 70 times thicker than traditional crude oil) from Canada all the way to Houston’s refineries and ports, until he stumbled across surveyor’s stakes crossing the middle of his heavily wooded property several years ago. The carpenter wasn’t too pleased about the trespassing, or a letter he received weeks later from TransCanada announcing that surveyors were on the way, or the message from a Houston-based attorney who he said told him, “All I need to know is which pile to put you in: the cooperative pile or the F-ing uncooperative pile.” Eminent domain powers for oil and gas lines are hard to fight. But Daniel is doing his best, teaming up this week with protestors from around the country for a “wave of civil disobedience” at the White House that seeks to stop the Canadian project.

Already, a smaller Keystone line has experienced 12 spills in the U.S., a testament to the high-heat, high-pressure, and corrosive nature of the tar sands fluid, Daniel said. Case in point: the EPA said a 800,000-gallon tar sands spill in the Kalamazoo River would be cleaned up in a matter of months. That was a year ago. Today it’s expected to take years more. The Natural Resources Defense Council, writing on the one-year anniversary of the spill, said: “raw tar sands crude is unlike anything we’ve had in our pipelines before.”

Weeks of protests outside the White House are intended to pressure President Obama to stop the project. There were 70 arrests on Saturday, and the two-week protest was just getting underway. Daniel was headed into Nebraska when QueQue caught up with him. He worried about pushing “non-conventional” petroleum through a “conventional” pipeline, the fact that up to 1.7 million gallons could leak before the leak-detection system would kick on, and for our water. “We don’t need this at all. This threatens our lives, our water supplies. We have alternative sources of energy. We do not have alternative sources of water.”

It also takes a huge amount of energy to convert that stuff to sludge in the first place, making the tar sands a huge climate change concern.

 

Global warning hasn’t reached Perry

Not that Gov. Rick Perry would be worried. Given the Gov’s intransigence on the subject as he prances about in the campaign spotlight, it should come as no shock that Perry and Texas’ state climatologist have never breached the topic of climate change — despite the fact that nearly all the state is experiencing “exceptional” drought and has been smashing heat records all summer long.

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus