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Texas Man Takes Last Stand Against Keystone XL Pipeline

NPR -- An east Texas landowner was so determined to block the Keystone XL pipeline from coming through his forest that he took to his trees and built an elaborate network of treehouses eight stories above the ground.

"It popped into my head a long time ago, actually," says 45-year-old David Daniel. "If I had to climb my butt on top of a tree and sit there, I would. It started with that."
David Daniel, an east Texas landowner, built an elaborate network of treehouses in an attempt to stop the Keystone XL pipeline form coming through his property.

It turned out to be Daniel's last stand in a long battle against the Keystone XL, a pipeline project that would bring oil from Canada all the way to refineries in the Texas Gulf Coast.

And he lost.

But Daniel's extreme efforts highlight the agony that


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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:31:40 PM

Seems a lot of the inmates escaped to post online... (grin)... especially where a San Antonio poster claims to know the height of all the trees in Texas (grin)....

[Edited by: Gnusman53 at 12/29/2012 11:33:52 PM EST]
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:30:24 PM

Keystone is not a necessity...just an expensive luxury that takes from other people..
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:27:43 PM

Hmmm lets route it through the home of doeslayersr.....(grin)...since he wants it so much
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:25:50 PM

An agreement after being threatened by a half-million dollar suit....

just who are the terrorists in this story again?????? It seems TransCanada was doing the terrorizing..... not the landowner or the others...
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:24:09 PM

Funny how the so-called conservatives wanted to impeach a supreme court justice over the same thing....and now seem to be chanting "take it" "take it" "take it all" to a foreign company...
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2012 8:46:49 AM

old news
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dave27johnson
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2012 8:17:54 AM

He gave up & accepted a settlement.
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sciotosix
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 4:53:41 PM

Nice try, Daniel.
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joekool1
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 3:32:16 PM

i wonder if he swings from branch to branch and tree to tree
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ktbaeohana
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 3:30:35 PM

Companies that not from this country should not be allowed to take people's land by eminant domain, Then need to change the laws regard company from other country. watch and see.
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knutzAL
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 11:35:04 AM

He ownes his land and should at the end of the day determine its best use. Not the government.
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rjojo40
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 11:13:50 AM

to hell with china and the keystone project, a mans property is just that His property.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 10:15:27 AM

Big oil and China will always win.
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endymion
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 10:15:07 AM

Good for him! Don't go out without trying to fight these thieves.
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When I fight authority, authority always wins
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 9:01:42 AM

got his money and got his 15 minutes of fame. Onto the nest one
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 9:00:37 AM

It is a long ways from Canada to the Texas border
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 8:56:34 AM

Good try dude. But the Money got their way.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 8:42:21 AM

Did he have 50" flatscreen TVs in the treehouses?
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 8:34:58 AM

Hey nice try! and a great story anc pics..........
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 8:26:26 AM

Good story
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 8:12:49 AM

A sad story but some good did come out of it.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 8:01:42 AM

There are definitely two sides to the XL thing. Unfortunately, BigOil and BigBusiness and BigPolitics typically win.
Personally, I'm still not convinced that the XL is good for the country. It does seem to be good for BigOil, but it we are on a slippery slope when we begin to believe that "what is good for BigOil is good for the country." This was a mantra of GM at one time and look how it got out of hand.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:49:37 AM

Good, now build the pipe line.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:36:07 AM

"And he lost." Should have popped something else into his head.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:35:26 AM

just holding out for more money, what a maroon
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:27:48 AM

progress at what price?
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:23:25 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:22:31 AM

big oil always wins
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:22:18 AM

Whatever
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:22:10 AM

Companies should not be allowed to take people's land by eminant domain. If a landowner does not want to sell they should not have to.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:19:18 AM

People!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:18:43 AM

Seems a bit extreme...
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BoerneWatch
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:18:41 AM

Consider the source.

First, I am trying to think of a single place in Texas where the trees hit even 50 feet. Maybe 60 but to hit 100 plus?

NPR is stretching the truth big time.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:18:18 AM

What an idiot!
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:17:51 AM

y stop progress
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:16:20 AM

If he needs money to continue the fight, have him contact me.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:15:25 AM

I still don't know why we have to build a pipeline from Canada to Texas.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:13:48 AM

Of course he lost
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:13:08 AM

You never hear about the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few anymore. From politicians on down, now it's all about me - mine!
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:13:04 AM

Some of these comments really amaze me.......Wait, no they don't.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:12:26 AM

My question is if this guy didn't want the pipeline, is there any chance that a neighbor might've been less resistent and they could've just gone around the guy.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:11:21 AM

It's a last ditch effort at stopping something that's a necessity.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:10:31 AM

Come back to reality
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:10:02 AM

why
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:09:47 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:09:05 AM

I think the fix was in long before the pipeline reached his property!
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:07:57 AM

THe US part of the pipeline will be used but I dont think it will ever have Canadian tar sand in it.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:07:22 AM

Give it up Danny Boy....
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:07:11 AM

He's right where he belongs, a nut in a tree.
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