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Farmers Say No to Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on May 22, 2008

They Can’t Just Walk All Over Us Farmers Resist a Pipeline

Posted on: Wednesday, 21 May 2008, 03:00 CDT

By Lydersen, Kari

Carlisle Kelly saved money from his Amtrak job for years to buy one of the last remaining wooded pieces of land in the expansive farm country of central Illinois. Because, as he tells it, “I’m crazy about the animals.” An avid hunter and outdoorsman, he wanted to preserve the ancient oaks on a rare hilly, neverfarmed area near LeRoy, Illinois, and restore farmland back into native foliage for wild turkeys and deer. So Kelly, fifty-four, was furious last winter when representatives of Enbridge Inc., one of Canada’s largest oil transport companies, told him they needed to survey his land to build a pipeline through it.

“To me, tearing those trees out to build a pipeline is like tearing my arms and fingers off,” he says. “It’s a miracle those trees are even there. I made a promise to protect them.”

Enbridge wants to build a 175-mile, $350 million pipeline through Illinois to connect its northern and southern networks so that thick, gooey Albertan tar sand oil can be transported swiftly to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.

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