Ramsey Sprague, a spokesman for the Tar Sands Blockade and former campaign director of the Green Party of Texas, said TransCanada has shown over and over that it has little regard for the people whose homes are in the pipeline path.
"They have just bullied people," he
On the other hand, he
said, TransCanada can be very cooperative when it wants.
On a Wood County property where Nestlé-owned Ozarka gets some of its spring water, TransCanada agreed to install extra-thick pipe, uses as little of the land as possible, and added special cleanup agreements to their contracts.
doesn't know whether Nestlé
got better treatment because the major corporation could afford to go toe-to-toe with TransCanada in court.
said it's clear that the pipeline company can alter its planned route when it wants to.
"They moved the pipeline around the Winnsboro tree sitters, so we showed they could do that if they wanted," he
said Keystone opponents are "hoping that Mike Bishop standing up for his
rights as a landowner will become a lightning rod for other landowners up and down the pipeline who will also stand up and say that, for all these reasons, the pipeline has to be stopped."
Bishop won't be fighting alone, Sprague