After watching the full testimonies
held at the U.S. State Department on the issue of whether the U.S. should permit TransCanada Corporation to construct and operate a pipeline for transporting lethal oil from the Alberta Tar Sands, situated in the Traditional Territory of the Dene, I am even more alarmed about deep knowledge gaps and breakages
, and the colonial blinders which are still preventing the majority spokespersons on these issues to examine the interlocking relationship
of the Tar Sands in Dene country
to Militarization in Nde’ country
(border wall, police terror state, detention centers, mega-rail, mega-bridge, and mega-highway projects connecting Lower Rio Grande Valley to northeastern Mexico ‘ports’
). There still seems to be an significant vaguery
among the peoples (on both sides of the issue) about what could happen to the oil, the lands, peoples, water, air, and life… after refinery
in Port Arthur, Texas, and where it would travel from its ‘distribution’ points along the Texas-Mexico border.
I’m more worried today than yesterday, witnessing the compelling testimonies and aghast at the lack of inquisitiveness on the part of the movement to follow the documentation trail left by Koch Industries (see September 24, 2011 post, scroll down). It is stunning how well the Texas connections to the oil-chemical-transportation League of Corporate Empires benefits from the colonial and racist implications of geographical-historical ignorance in the U.S. about indigenous struggles in South Texas and the Lower Rio Grande.
Again, please refer to the September 24, 2011 post on this site (scroll down), providing important details regarding Koch Industries’ statement explicitly saying that the refined fuels will be going to Mexico, and from there other sites across the hemisphere. To my knowledge, this is the only site in the hemisphere that is making this crucial connection. Unfortunately, this is beginning to feel like the same isolation room that we experienced around the border wall.
I wonder if the ‘progressive’ camps of either movement–the anti-Keystone XL Pipeline or the Occupy Wall Street movement–perceive that their government and related corporations constructed the border wall, and now the MEGA-COLOSSAL HEAVY RAIL FREIGHT BRIDGE in concert with a much larger transhemispheric ‘Security Prosperity Partnership, which entails transporting something considered a ‘priority matter of national security’ OVER the border wall which stands in the traditional territory of Lipan Apaches?
How will this happen on the ground?
Through 2 important mega-projects currently underway across the Texas-Mexico border:
1. A large rail transport system, which, low and behold, will traverse above the border wall in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Cameron County.
2. The Trans-Texas Corridor (connecting Albert, Canada to South Texas, to Mexico).
For a more in-depth view from El Calaboz, read the September 24, 2011 post.