Draw the Line: A Day of Action on Tar Sands Pipelines (Sat 9-21-13)

This coming weekend is a busy one for folks concerned about a variety of issues around climate change and eminent domain focusing around the Texas leg of the Keystone XL and other tar sands pipelines.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 is a national day of action, some of the events happening in Texas:

  • San Antonio – 10am to noon
    San Pedro Springs Park, 1415 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, TX
    Part of the 350.org national “Draw the Line” day of action, with Energia Mia, Alamo Chapter of the Sierra Club, Esperanza Center, the People’s Power Coalition, 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Bexar County Green Party, Texas Indigenous Council, and others will gather at the park to voice opposition to tar sands. (Pinata burst at 11 am)
  • Houston
    1:00 pm – Corner of Post Oak Blvd, and Westheimer, in Houston, TX and
    2:00 pm – Hermann Park, at the Street Theater.
  • Dallas
    9:30 am – White Rock Lake (West Lawther between Fisher and Branchfield), Dallas, TX.  Lake spruce up activities
    7:00 pm to Sunset – a roadside rally and candlelight vigil
  • Austin – Rally at the Texas Capitol

Click here to find out more about these actions and to locate actions in other communities.


In addition to these actions, Independent Texans is holding a convention on Saturday, September 21st, from 9am to 7pm at the Bastrop Convention Center located at 1408 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX.  One of the topics this year is their effort to coalesce a cross-partisan effort for eminent domain reform. This session will be held from 10:15 to 11:30 am and the speakers have been deeply involved in efforts to reform eminent domain laws through legislative and court action. This includes closing the “T4 loophole”, which currently allows pipeline companies to simply check a box on a Railroad Commission form and receive eminent domain power to seize your land.

Julia Trigg Crawford, NE Texas farmer fighting TransCanada
Debra Medina, We Texans
Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) tentative
Tom “Smitty” Smith, Public Citizen

Click here to learn more about the convention.