Citizen Action Monitor

Stop Canada’s Ugly TransCanada Corp claim of legal right to a Texas family farm for its tar sands pipeline

Help Julia Trigg Crawford to fight back and block the Keystone XL pipeline

No 532 Posted by fw, July 26, 2012

“When TransCanada showed up on her father’s doorstep in 2008 telling him they were going to build the Keystone XL pipeline through their land, Julia Trigg Crawford’s family knew they had to fight back. And so now, they’re doing what anyone committed to protecting their children, their grandchildren, their land, and the climate would do — they’re taking TransCanada to court.” (Source: http://sumofus.org/)

Julia Trigg Crawford

The SumOfUs.org is a US-based, world-wide movement for a better global economy with over 700,000 members worldwide. In a SumOfUs email appeal for support, Taren wrote:

“As a scrappy start-up organization (we only launched 8 months ago!), it’s all we can do to fund our own work, let alone other people’s. But when I heard about Julia Trigg Crawford, I felt like I had to do something to connect her to people like you — SumOfUs.org community members all over the world.?”

Given its mission, Julia Trigg Crawford’s fight against TransCanada was a perfect fit for the SumOfUs.org. Below is its call for support of Julia’s Goliath battle against TransCanada.

But first check out this short video of a protest held earlier this year, including an interview with Julia Trigg Crawford:

Stand with Julia in her fight against TransCanada by SumOfUs.org

Julia Trigg Crawford is a farmer and mother living in rural Texas. She spends her days working on her 600 acre farm, a farm where her grandfather grew alfalfa, peanuts, maize and cotton. It’s one of those rare places where you can still see a majestic sea of stars shimmering at night. Chances are you’ve never met or heard her name before, but she could be the key to stopping the Keystone XL pipeline for good.

When TransCanada showed up on her father’s doorstep in 2008 telling him they were going to build the Keystone XL pipeline through their land, Julia Trigg’s family knew they had to fight back. And so now, they’re doing what anyone committed to protecting their children, their grandchildren, their land, and the climate would do — they’re taking TransCanada to court.

TransCanada claims they have the legal right to her family’s land, and have hired the high-priced lawyers and PR consultants to prove it. Julia Trigg has a strong case, and a committed team powered by folks like you–regular citizens from around the world who are willing to help a stranger. Her family — her dad, her sister, her brother and her — are dedicated to fighting this battle to the end.

Julia Trigg needs your help to make sure her property blocks the pipeline and sets a precedent that could stop it from ever being built. Will you use the form on the right to chip in $25 to her legal fund? Every dollar that you donate will be matched by an anonymous donor.

Last year, she was arrested along with actor Daryl Hannah and documentary filmmaker Josh Fox at the White House in the largest single act of civil disobedience in U.S. history. Like the hundreds of people who were arrested with her, she knows that the Keystone XL pipeline will not create the jobs that our communities desperately need right now. And she knows that a spill of tar sands bitumen crude would mean game over for communities like hers because the diluted bitumen is heavier, more corrosive and contains more toxic chemicals than conventional crude. And what’s worse, TransCanada’s spill record is abysmal — the Keystone XL’s sister pipeline, the Keystone pipeline, spilled twelve times in its first year in operation. It’s not a question of if the Keystone XL pipeline will spill, but when.

And now, the pipeline battle is heating up. TransCanada was just granted one of three permits it needs to build the $2.3 billion southern section of the pipeline. And that permit runs right through Julia Trigg’s farm. But she won’t hand her land over to TransCanada — and she’s not going down without a fight.

Obama rejected the pipeline once before, but this time around, TransCanada is trying to force the pipeline through in stages to make sure it gets built. The company only needs a few other permits, and the decision on one is expected any day. TransCanada is ready to start construction on the pipeline any day, and that’s why we need to fight back now.

Can you help by chipping in $25 today to make sure Julia Trigg’s family has the money they need to take on Big Oil’s high-priced lawyers and PR consultants?

The money will help fund Julia Trigg’s pre-trial that begins on August 10, and the trial that begins soon after. Any money left over will go to fighting future eminent domain battles against the Keystone XL across the United States. With your help, we have a real shot at winning this fight against TransCanada — and setting a massive precedent to stop Big Oil from rampaging across our land, and destabilizing our climate.

The SumOfUs community has already taken on some of the biggest corporations in the world — from Walmart to Monsanto — and we hope you’ll join us in taking on TransCanada too.

RELATED LINKS

  • Stand With Julia – The official website of the Crawford Family Defense Fund. The Hearing Date in Paris is Set for 9:30 am, Friday August 10, Lamar County Courthouse, County Court at Law, Judge Bill Harris, Paris, Texas. Trial Date is Sept. 4th
  • An Old Texas Tale Retold: the Farmer vs. the Oil Company. New York Times, May 7 2012. “When you allow a pipeline to cross your land, you give up certain rights to it,” Ms. Crawford said. “You can’t use your land the way you want anymore. We didn’t want to do that.” But TransCanada did not go away. Their people kept coming back, offering more and more money.
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