Allen — A small band of protesters stood next to state Highway 1 outside of Allen on Tuesday morning, carrying handmade signs with slogans like “Can’t drink oil!”
The picketers were protesting at a construction site for the Keystone XL Pipeline, a 1,179-mile project linking Canada and Nebraska. The Alberta, Canada-based company TransCanada is building the $5.3 billion pipeline, which is designed to ship crude oil from Canadian tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast and in the Midwest.
When it is completed, the pipeline would carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil each day.
The southern section of the project — the 485-mile Keystone Gulf extension — stretches from the pipeline hub in Cushing to Texas.
Supporters of the project say it would create approximately 16,000 jobs — 9,000 construction jobs and 7,000 manufacturing positions — and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.
But not everyone agrees that construction of the pipeline should move forward.
Oklahoma City resident Gregory Dickson, who joined the protest near Allen, said he was worried about the pipeline’s possible impact on the environment. He also dismissed claims that the pipeline would help boost the economy.