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TransCanada Calls Sit-In 'Publicity Stunt'

Keystone XL Pipeline 'providing thousands of jobs to American workers,' spokesman says.

A sit-in at TransCanada's Westborough office Monday was a "publicity stunt" seeking "to stop a project that is currently providing thousands of jobs to American workers," company spokesman Shawn Howard said today.

Westborough Police arrested the eight people after the incident at 110 Turnpike Road, Suite 203. The current and recent college students , who chained themselves together and super glued their hands there. will be charged with disorderly person, disturbing the peace and trespassing. They face arraignment Wednesday in Westborough District Court.

The group was protesting the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, according to the "Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline" website. The website describes the Keystone XL Pipeline as "a proposed 1,400-mile pipeline that would transport tar sands oil from the Canadian tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico. The southern leg is currently being constructed in the face of massive local opposition in Texas."

TransCanada's Howard said today that "what these people likely do not realize is that TransCanada produces more than 11,800 MW of power to consumers in North America."

"This helps provide power to about 12 million American homes and about one-third of the power we produce comes from emission-less energy sources. Our 13 hydro facilities on the Connecticut River and Deerfield River, and Kibby Wind farm in Maine, produce up to 715 MW of clean, emission-free electricity that consumers in this area rely on. This is enough emission-less power to supply about 50,000 homes," Howard said.

The Westborough office is "the regional office for the U.S. Northeast where much of our business relates to renewable energy generation," Howard said.

"Our first priority was to make sure that our employees and these protestors remained safe," Howard said.

"The matter was resolved by the Westborough Police Department, who made sure that the individuals who were trespassing on private property left the building."

Matt January 09, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Give me a break -- how can you write a whole article about this action without asking for the response of the people involved!? TransCanada obviously recognizes that clean energy infrastructure can be a profitable investment, so why do they need to continue to build pipelines to expand the deadly market for Tar Sands (bitumen)? Keystone XL will ship deadly bitumen (Tar Sands) through American land just to sell it to multinational-owned refineries in a "Foreign Trade Zone" in Texas where they ship it overseas without paying American taxes. It's a huge f*#%ing swindle. If the Tar Sands of Alberta are burned we will put ourselves over the "tipping points" where feedback loops will ensure that climate change will speed up and become irreversible. This is estimated at 450 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere, or 2 degrees average global temperature increase. A prominent NASA Climate Scientist James Hansen has called burning the Tar Sands is "game over for the climate." The World Bank (obv. VERY conservative) released a report a few weeks ago that we are on track to hit 4 degrees by 2100. Proven more accurate research (MIT) found us on track for 9 degrees. This is deadly serious, an unrecognizable world. I applaud TransCanada's clean energy projects, and they should be expanded. The burning of oil, gas, & coal threaten our survival.
Matt January 09, 2013 at 08:43 PM
So who are the masters of "media stunts"? How often do you hear about this in American media? I urge you to speak more in depth with the protestors. http://january7th.wordpress.com

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