A lawsuit was filed this week against environmental groups that have been protesting and interfering with the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Oklahoma. The suit was filed by TransCanada, the firm constructing the southern leg of the controversial pipeline.
The lawsuit is case CV-2013-00017 in Atoka County district court and has a May 22 hearing scheduled at 1 p.m. in the court’s daily docket.
The defendants are: Alec Johnson, James Amico, Maxwell Mills, Eric Whelan, Gwen Ingram, Stefan Warner, Benjamin Reynoso, Mark Manley, Phillip Strickland, Crysbel Tejada, George Vest, Carter Walker, Elizabeth Catlin, Nancy Zorn, Elizabeth Leja, Fitzgerald Scott, Benjamin Butler and Eamon Danzig.
The Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance group’s website made the following statement: ”This lawsuit is a part of a broader corporate campaign of criminalizing dissent and delegitimizing opposition to this dangerous project, similar to Exxon’s deliberate exclusion of press which amounted to a media blackout at the site of the Pegasus pipeline rupture, which released 5,000 barrels of diluted bitumen into residential Mayflower, AK.”
The website story about the lawsuit concluded with a final statement: “Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance would like to echo the sentiment expressed by Michael Bishop in his resistance to TransCanada—“F— off, we’ll fight you.”
Michael Bishop is a landowner in Nacogdoches, Texas who fought TransCanada over the pipeline. His story is at the following link: