Saturday, October 6, 2012

Your Rights As A Landowner - Repub-ALEC-an Style

This is just disgusting:
How can you be arrested for “trespassing” on your own land? Well, anything can happen when a multinational corporation comes in and expropriates your farm for their profit.

That’s why actress and activist Daryl Hannah has joined forces with East Texas ranch owner Eleanor Fairchild, 78, to stage a protest against Keystone XL construction on Mrs. Fairchild’s farm. The actress is intent on defending Mrs. Fairchild’s home and business, Fairchild Farms, a portion of which has been expropriated by TransCanada, for its toxic tar sands pipeline. The duo claim their action is inspired by our ongoing tree blockade happening on a neighboring property.

On Thursday afternoon, Hannah marched across Fairchild Farms with the ranch owner to block bulldozers from continuing to clear large swaths of Mrs. Fairchild’s land along the toxic tar sands pipeline’s route. Keystone XL will permanently bisect Mrs. Fairchild’s 300 acre ranch, which includes undeveloped wetland areas and natural springs producing over 400 gallons of fresh water per minute from her property. Hannah, whose outspoken anti-Tar Sands position dates back many years, expressed pride to be able to stand with Mrs. Fairchild who is watching her home and its delicate ecosystems be destroyed in front of her eyes.

“I am standing in solidarity with the farmers, ranchers, and landowners who have been bullied, coerced, and threatened by TransCanada. Texans do not want this toxic export pipeline coming through and compromising their land and water,” she shared. “Texas has already experienced a tragic and epic drought. We cannot afford to compromise our water supply for a multinational corporation’s profits.”

Mrs. Fairchild, a great-grandmother, has been staunchly opposed to TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project since she was first informed that it was to cross her land many years ago. She never signed a contract with the Canadian pipeline company, who, in turn, proceeded to expropriate her ranch through Texas’ lax eminent domain legal proceedings. Violated by TransCanada, all but abandoned by elected officials, and legally unrepresented, Mrs. Fairchild took action by other means during last year’s Tar Sands Action protests at the White House, which resulted in 1253 arrests during the two week long civil disobedience.

Unwilling to take further action since then, she found herself inspired yet again due to the bravery exhibited on a neighboring property by the tree blockade. Mrs. Fairchild explains, “We’re all neighbors here and everyone knows everyone’s business, really, so I knew the group was up to something at the tree blockade, but hearing about the young girl, Maggie, on the 40-foot tall pole all alone the other day, I knew I had to do something myself. I can’t climb a pole like her, but if I can raise hell by sitting down, I’m going to! What this foreign corporation’s doing just isn’t right.”
Here's some video of Mrs. Fairchild and Daryl Hannah just before they were arrested for trying to defend Mrs. Fairchild's land while ON Mrs. Fairchild's land:

'Murica! Hell, yeah!

We're not fighting for the 47%. We're not fighting for the 99%. We're fighting for every single person in this world, even those that are too stupid or too greedy or too whatever to do what's in their own best interest.


  1. Obama is for this ya know...
    He will not encourage these women's behavior, nor defend it, nor do anything but support the takeover of these people's land for "the greater good".
    I don't know what you put ALEC on this when you could also put "Clinton", "Obama" and a host of other (many Democrat) names.
    And, when the WI Mining laws resurface soon, there will be a host of "reasonable" Democrats who will support that s well. They will say it is an "improvement" on the previous proposal, and will tout their noble "compromise". When what will be compromised, yet again is the "little guy".
    Obama supports this (big oil) action. Obama does NOT support the behavior of Darryl Hannah OR this homeowner. Not at all. Any "lefty" blogger is remiss in suggesting that this is just "ALEC".

  2. I feel bad for her, but I would bet that she would be out there if it were wind mills or high speed rail going through her land as well. She just wouldn't have your support then.

  3. IMBAR, who are you trying to kid? You'd drive the bulldozer over the women and say it was in the name of progress.

  4. Doesn't Keystone know that they can run their toxic pipeline across Tea Party Kim Simac's land? She's all for more oil projects, and, given that she's the patriotic sort, I'm sure you'd volunteer her horse farm, right?