Landowners Threatened by Canadian Tarsands Pipeline
Meet Audrey and Jim Thornton, two of the landowners who have the threat of a Canadian tarsands pipeline proposed to run through their land. Tarsands crude is many times more concentrated with toxins and carcinogens than typical, Texas, crude oil. Like just about every other land-owner along the pipeline route, the Thorntons have been threatened with imminent domain if they do not sign a deal with TransCanada - the company building the pipeline.
Like most people, the Thorntons don't think it is right that a foreign company can come into the United States (and Texas) and use the threat of imminent domain to force landowners into a contract. And, like many others, the Thorntons have quickly learned the vast extent of the negative impacts such a pipeline would have not only on folks like them, but the world in general.