Activists call on volunteers to risk jail to fight Keystone XL

A member of the Tar Sands Blockade is arrested after protesting in front of a Houston office for TransCanada, owner of the Keystone XL pipeline in January. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

A member of the Tar Sands Blockade is arrested after protesting in front of a Houston office for TransCanada, owner of the Keystone XL pipeline in January. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

A group of environmental activists has launched a summer campaign targeting the energy industry, possibly including disruptions of energy operations like the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The campaign, called “Summer Heat,” is recruiting activists who would be willing to risk arrest during demonstrations across the country, including along the Texas route of Keystone XL.

“Over the course of the final weeks of July, from the Pacific Northwest to the coast of Maine, from the Keystone pipeline route to the White House… we’re going to try and get across the essential message: it’s time to stand up – peacefully but firmly — to the industry that is wrecking our future,” said a call to action posted on the activists’ website, joinsummerheat.org.

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The effort in Texas, one of seven so far planned by the group, has been slated for mid-July, according to the website.

The goal will be “to stand with communities already feeling the impact of Keystone XL and tar sands pollution, and confront big oil in their back yard,” the group said.

The “Summer Heat” group called for volunteers who were determined to challenge energy companies.

“We need some of you to risk going to jail, and all of you to show up and speak out,” the group said.

The effort will add to the series of efforts by protesters in Texas to thwart work on Keystone XL. Activists have caused a standoff in East Texas and forced delays in a massive construction operation by Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada.

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