Cherokeean Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 162, No. 52, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Page: 2 of 16
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■ Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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TransCanada should admit final destination of tar sands oil
STEPHEN DASILVA ^
I find it very disappointing that TransCanada didn’t deem
East Texans, citizens of Cherokee County, and specifically, the
Gallatin/Reklaw 391 Commission important enough to send a
representative to their Jan. 17 meeting who was actually cleared
to answer valid questions.
Instead, they used their PR man to peddle the same old line in
a venue that prevents any direct answers. I, for one, have many
questions regarding TransCanada’s statements, but will focus
on just one of the topics addressed.
Mr. Prescott said that environmentalists allege the tar sands
crude products are earmarked for foreign markets. His statement
indicates his behef that the U.S. State Department is staffed
by environmentalists, because the same State Department, in
the Final Environmental Impact Statement, says “the primary
purpose of the (KXL) project is to get tar sands oil to delivery
points in Texas.” Why, if there are already existing “delivery
points” in the Midwest?
Upon further inspection, it does appear that these tar sands
crude products are destined for foreign markets.
TransCanada’s planned pipeline ends at refineries located in
Port Arthur in a tax-free zone. Valero, with refineries located
there, has formally notified its shareholders of its plan to refine
tar sands crude into diesel, heating fuel and jet fuel and export
them to Europe and South America.
Shell, headquarted in the Netherlands, and aligned with Brit-
ish Petroleum (BP) to prevent the European Union from halting
the flow of tar sands products into Europe, has a refinery in Port
Arthur, as well.
Shell, and its refinery partner, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned
Aramco, are contracted to take a percentage of the tar sands
This will help to reduce the oversupply of crude in the Ameri-
can Midwest, which has depressed the price of oil there and, at
the same time, allow Shell and Aramco to sell their products on
the open market.
Don’t think for a moment that means it will not be shipped
out of the U.S. Don’t think for a moment, either, that this wasn’t
TransCanada’s plan all along.
Testifying before Canada’s National Energy Board, they spoke
of their plan to bypass Midwest refineries with their pipeline’s
gulf coast terminus, thus manipulating the market and raising
the profits of the industry by $4 billion annually. Questions arise
as to whether this violates U.S. antitrust laws.
Furthermore, in testimony to the U.S. Congress, TransCanada
President Alex Pourbaix dechned to support a condition that
would require tar sands products dehvered by the Keystone XL
to remain in the U.S. because that would force refiners to back
out on their contracts.
Why does TransCanada insist on playing games with the truth?
Why not just be honest with the honest citizens of East Texas?
Admit that your tar sands crude has the best chance of being
sold if you can get it off the continent, and the quickest way is to
pipe it through East Texas.
Right to bear arms ‘matter of national security’
KENNETH WHITE ^
I recently read a report about
the reasons the Japanese did
not invade the West Coast of
the U.S. immediately after
they decimated the American
Fleet at Pearl Harbor on Dec.
They could have sent their
troop ships and aircraft carriers
directly to California to finish
what they started. The predic-
tion from our Chief of Staff was
we would not be able to stop
a massive invasion until they
reached the Mississippi River.
So, why did they not invade?
After the war, the remaining
Japanese generals and admi-
rals were asked that question.
Their answer was they knew
that almost every home had
guns and Americans knew how
to use them. The worlds largest
army: America’s hunters.
I had not thought about this
until I read the information
concerning the number of
licensed hunters there are in
One example is there were
about 600,000 hunters in the
state of Wisconsin this past
hunting season. Wisconsin’s
hunters have become the sixth
largest army in the world—more
men under arms than Iran and
more than Franee and Germany
These men were deployed in
the woods of a single American
state to hunt with firearms, and
no one was killed.
This number pales in compar-
ison to the 750,000 who hunted
the woods of Pennsylvania and
Michigan’s 700,000 hunters, all
of whom are now home safely
with no loss of life.
Add another 250,000 hunters
from West Virginia and it liter-
ally establishes the fact that
the hunters of those four states
alone would comprise the larg-
est army in the world. That’s
2,300,000 armed hunters.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
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from foreign invasion with that
kind of home-grown firepower.
Hunting is not just a way to
fill the freezer — it’s a matter
of national security. This is
why all our enemies, foreign
and domestic, want to see us
This should be food for thought
when some say we need more
A writer recently thought it
to be wrong why we like our
He said something about
Costa Rica, I beheve, not hav-
ing an army but spending it’s
money on healthcare and the
welfare of it’s citizens instead.
Well, who wants anything in
I know many people who like
their guns as well as I do. We
raise our kids to hunt with them
and that has been an American
right and tradition since the
founding of this country.
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not just hunting purposes, but
to protect us from a tyrannical
When the communists seized
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citizens were disarmed and
those who wouldn’t give up their
weapons were hunted down and
Hitler did the same in Ger-
many and we see the conflict
that came out of that.
Some may not like guns, and
that’s their right.
However, many — like I do
— like our guns and intend to
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Gonzalez, Terrie. Cherokeean Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 162, No. 52, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 22, 2012, newspaper, February 22, 2012; Rusk, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth614621/m1/2/: accessed December 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Singletary Memorial Library.