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Keystone XL Activists Arrested Outside TransCanada Houston Office

Jan 8, 2013
(Houston Chronicle)

Two people were arrested Monday morning as scores of protesters against the Keystone XL pipeline occupied the lobby of a Houston office for TransCanada, owner of the controversial pipeline, a spokesman for the protesters said.

The activist from Tar Sands Blockade stormed the office on Post Oak Boulevard near the Galleria mall. Dozens of police, including horse-mounted officers, are now manning the area as protesters march around the block dressed as a papier-mache dragon and chanting “Toxic tar sands spill! Tar and benzene kill!”

The group passed out hand-written fliers to shoppers and passers-by that admonished them to "WAKE UP AND SMELL THE TAR SANDS" and outlined the group’s arguments against Keystone’s construction in Texas.

It’s the latest in a string of protests by the group.

"We're sending a message that we're not going to stop until these people stop," said Ron Seifert, a spokesman for the group Tar Sands Blockade.