What a large cake and an East Texas pipeline have in widespread

An environmental group protesting a brand new oil pipeline in East Texas sought to show heads in downtown Houston on Tuesday.

The group, Save Sabine Lake, threw a tongue-in-cheek freeze anniversary social gathering concentrating on the workplaces of Power Switch, the Dallas pipeline firm co-founded by Kelcy Warren.

Protesters carried a big ornamental cake however failed in an try to current staff with a card congratulating the corporate on its earnings throughout final 12 months’s freeze. Power Switch is scheduled to report its 2021 fourth-quarter and full-year earnings Wednesday. By way of the primary 9 months, the corporate reported earnings of $4.6 billion, together with a whopping $3.3 billion within the first quarter of 2021, which included the lethal winter storm that proved to be a boon for a lot of pipeline companies.

Protest organizers additionally targeted on the corporate’s plans for the Blue Marlin offshore oil export platform that would come with a 37-mile pipeline from Nederland, by way of Sabine Lake and to the Gulf Coast. They argue that the undertaking might threaten the fisheries and chook habitats within the area.

Power Switch officers didn’t reply to a request for remark.

John Beard, a Port Arthur resident and chief government of the Port Arthur Group Motion Community, mentioned the pipeline is inching quietly towards actuality.

It doesn’t take a lot leaked oil to infect a physique of water, mentioned Beard, including that Sabine Lake tourism is simply too vital to the native financial system to danger spoiling.

“All of that will be affected and it might be affected for generations,” he mentioned. “That’s not an opportunity that we’re prepared to take.”

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