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East Texans joining together to Stop Tar sands Oil.   Permanently.
No Keystone XL     

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Thank you for submitting your comments to the FEIS for the Keystone XL northern segment.

The 30-day public comment period ended on March 7, 2014.

Hopefully Secretary of State John Kerry will see through the industry-prepared FEIS for the Keystone XL, and deny TransCanada's permit.

You can still call, and ask
President Obama
that he should be stepping up and calling for a complete cessation to the extraction of all tar sands as a source of energy.
Your comments may not be registered as part of State Department FEIS testimony, but the President should still be told how you feel about
tar sands and the KXL.

202.456.1111
or at
http://www.barackobama.com/contact-us/

Any pipeline that carries tar sands crude is a threat to all people and ecosystems within surrounding watersheds or nearby aquifers, including both the extraction source, and the end of the line at the refinery.

Contact your State Representatives and Senators to demand that they inact legislation NOW to end the transport of tar sands crude into Texas and across our aquifers.

Send a letter to the editor of the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel expressing your thoughts and concerns.

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Save Texas Watersheds:
KXL Mapping in Texas



Due to popular request:
county-by-county maps of the KXL route in Texas
&
FEIS USGS Topo Maps of KXL Path in Texas (33 MB)



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click on map above to enlarge it and to see instructions on how to navigate the RailRoad Commision's mapping site

A "new" mapping site is in the works for the Railroad Commission, but may not yet show the tar sands pipelines in Texas. Try THIS LINK

 


NacSTOP supports Women's Earth & Climate Action Network, International, and their efforts to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions.

 


January 22, 2014 message in front of
the Nacogdoches County Memorial Hospital.


NacSTOP statement on the Final EIS for TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline:

     As a community along the path of Keystone XL South, the environmental impacts of this pipeline in our community highlight problems associated with future development from TransCanada. Having watched the construction of a tar sands pipeline here in Nacogdoches County, we feel that continued tar sands development of any kind will have a negative impact on our shared climate future. Focusing on whether or not the Keystone XL pipeline, in and of itself, would significantly alter global greenhouse gas emissions is a distraction from the bigger picture of what approval of this pipeline would mean. The State Department's latest Environmental Impact Statement downplays a number of important facts.

     First, construction of the Keystone XL North pipeline would help to perpetuate the genocidal effect of tar sands extraction on the First Nations of the Athabasca region where it is mined, increasing the cancer rates there and polluting air and water resources in this region with various toxic chemicals. Second, this pipeline would worsen the living conditions of the children and families living in the neighborhoods around and downwind from the refineries where even greater amounts of toxic compounds would be dumped into the area. Third, this pipeline would threaten every family and ecosystem found along its path where leaks and spills will occur and contaminate streams, rivers and aquifers.

      Finally, this is an export pipeline. The end products are destined for overseas consumption in places like China, Europe, and South America. The United States already has a glut of our own domestically produced petroleum, and so we will only receive the risks from this pipeline, not the rewards. It would not increase our national security in the least.

      We would prefer that this Administration be more focused on alternatives to the toxic tar sands that this pipeline will bring through Nacogdoches County. Solar and wind, especially on a more local, decentralized scale, are viable options. A push for more alternative electric and hydrogen cell powered vehicles is another viable option. And even plastics can be produced from plant materials. These alternatives would provide so many more jobs than this pipeline ever could, and that is something that would have a positive effect on United States' national security.

      All of that said, the FEIS conclusion that approval of the KXL would not significantly alter global greenhouse gas emissions is based on the false assumption that it's either the KXL, or its alternatives, that would be transporting the tar sands bitumen to the Gulf Coast refineries. This is a flawed choice. To lessen greenhouse gas emissions and curb global climate change, the only real alternative is to decelerate the pace of tar sands extraction.

State Department's Environmental Report
Lends Support To Keystone XL Approval :
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/31/keystone-environmental-analysis_n_4704906.html?ir=Green&ref=topbar

U.S. State Department
Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) :
http://keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/finalseis/



NacStop Comments on Startup of
TransCanada Southern Keystone XL Pipeline

     TransCanada recently announced that it has begun operation of the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. Keystone XL South cuts through Nacogdoches County as it winds from Oklahoma to the Gulf of Mexico. Members of the grassroots organization, NacStop, have worked the past three years to educate the public on the hazards associated with a pipeline transporting tar sands diluted bitumen through our community. Based on the research and information collected, NacStop does not see evidence that this pipeline can be safely operated or that our community is fully prepared to respond to likely complications associated with the pipeline's operation.

     The communities along this pipeline deserve assurances that TransCanada has provided local emergency responders with adequate training and the appropriate equipment to effectively respond to leaks, spills, and releases. While TransCanada has recently begun the process of meeting with emergency response leaders in Nacogdoches County, the actual training exercises have not been held and are not scheduled until March of 2014. Based on this information, we are concerned that a spill event in our community would gravely endanger the lives of emergency personnel as well as people living on, near, or downwind of the pipeline. Such an event would also put valuable natural resources at risk of contamination. For TransCanada to begin filling the pipeline without adequate protection and preparation within our community is an irresponsible action.

     NacSTOP is also alarmed with the hundreds of problems associated with faulty welds, dents and other safety violations that have been observed along the pipeline, as documented by Public Citizen's recent Report on KXL South Pipe Anomalies. In September, the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) sent two official warning letters, one of which stated that TransCanada failed to use properly qualified welders during the construction of the pipeline. The letter also stated that in one section of the pipe 205 of the 425 welds, or 48.2% of all welds in this section, required repairs. PHMSA's warning confirms the potential for further complications when the pipeline goes into full operation. Yet there is currently no requirement that TransCanada verify that they have sufficiently addressed violations and anomalies along the pipeline.

     As individuals living along the route of the pipeline we are apprehensive about the implications that potentially faulty construction of Keystone XL South could have on our daily lives. The problems associated with the pipeline's construction and lack of preparedness within our community have direct implications for the safety of our children, family, friends, and the natural spaces that are unique to East Texas. The pipeline breech in Mayflower, Arkansas on Easter weekend 2013 has had devastating effects on the people and their land there. This community will be dealing with the results of having tar sands pour through their neighborhoods and waterways for years to come. While the industry refuses to acknowledge the profound differences between tar sands diluted bitumen and conventional oil, it is clear that a spill from a tar sands pipeline has far reaching disastrous results. No oil spill is good but a tar sands spill is uniquely toxic and destructive. We do not feel that TransCanada or our local government have taken sufficient measures to guarantee the safety of Keystone XL South Pipeline or their readiness to respond to a spill event.

     The great world leader Nelson Mandela left us with these words: "A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of." NacSTOP is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe community for those who call Nacogdoches home and for everyone who lives along the route of Keystone XL South.

TransCanada begins filling Gulf Coast Oil Line: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/12/09/transcanada-gulfcoast-linefillidUKL1N0JO0YS20131209

Public Citizen Report on KXL South Pipe Anomalies: http://www.scribd.com/doc/183563282/Public-Citizen-Report-on-KXL-South-Pipe-Anomalies

PHMSA warning letter September 10, 2013: http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/reports/enforce/documents/420135017W/ 420135017W_Warning%20Letter_09102013_text.pdf

PHMSA warning lettters September 26, 2013: http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/reports/enforce/documents/420135021W/ 420135021W_Warning_09262013_text.pdfs

Arkansas Oil Spill Health Concerns: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/10/arkansas-oil-spill-health-_n_3045610.html


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Recently Printed Letters
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Back by popular demand,
the original STOP Tar Sands song!

We're Not Taking it Anymore



Written and performed by Texas troubador, Eddie Radillo.


Contacts

Hotline for voicing concerns about the Keystone XL Pipeline:
1.866.363.4648
State Representative Travis Clardy

Room E2.316, Capitol
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0592 / (512) 463-8792 Fax
(877) 839-2709 Toll Free

Nacogdoches Office:
202 E. Pillar, Room 310
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 560-3982

State Senator Robert Nichols

P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0103 / 1-800-959-8633 (toll-free)

Nacogdoches Office:
202 E. Pillar St., Ste. 208
Nacogdoches, Texas 75961
(936) 564-4252 /(936) 564-4276 fax

U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert

Washington, DC Office:
2440 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
T (202) 225-3035 / F (202) 226-1230
TX Toll Free (866) 535-6302

Nacogdoches Office:
101 West Main, Ste 160
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
T (936) 715-9514 / F (903) 561-7110

U.S. Senator John Cornyn

Washington, DC Office:
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2934

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

Washington, DC Office:
Dirksen Senate Office Building
Suite SDB-40B
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5922

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington DC 20520
202-647-4000

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