Seven protesters of the Keystone XL pipeline arrested in Texas

Texas residents who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline were arrested after they chained themselves to pipeline construction equipment in Polk County on Tuesday.

The seven protesters, five men and two women, were trying to thwart the progress of the pipeline through Texas, the last leg of the 1,700 mile project that would bring tar sands oil from Alberta to refineries near Houston. They oppose the pipeline because they believe it will be unsafe and could leak harming aquifers and farm land. Many of the protesters, part of the Tar Sands Blockade, also oppose the tar sands project because it will add to the greenhouse gas emissions that are fueling climate change.