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Tar Sands Blockade moves to Nacogdoches County to fight pipeline

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Sacul, Texas (KYTX) -- Protestors from the Tar Sands Blockade have assembled as of this morning in Nacogdoches County.

Right now two women from the Northeast are in trees, and have fastened their platforms to TransCanada's equipment. If the machines move, the setup is rigged where the women would plunge to the ground.

Cindy Spoon has been with the Tar Sands Blockade from the beginning.

"We've been following the pipeline so, as construction's moved South, so have we," Spoon said.

Spoon says the group of about 15 people is taking direct action. They are supporting the two tree-sitters indefinitely. "I don't think they have any plans of coming down, I think they are dedicated to being up there until construction is halted," Spoon said.

The cause is enough to get Andrew Cart down from Minnesota to protest. "This is one of the main environmental fights I see in this country right now," Cart said.

He's planning to stay at the site at least another week, to put a dent in the progress. "There's active work going on, active clearing going on, and it's right next to a road so people can see it," Cart said.

TransCanada issued CBS19 a statement that reads: 

"TransCanada is evaluating the situation with the new tree sitters near Sacul. Their presence has not impacted overall progress on the 485-mile Gulf Coast Project. It is important to note that even though they are having little impact, these out-of-state protestors' intent is to keep thousands of Americans from going to work to build a project that is important for America's energy security. The safety of the tree sitters is our current priority. Even though we disagree with their reasons for being there, the last thing we want is for anybody to get hurt, and that includes protestors as well as our own crews and neighboring landowners."

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