Perched in makeshift houses in 80-foot trees, the protesters, calling themselves the Tar Sands Blockade, are 'well-equipped and prepared to stay as long as it takes,' said Ron Seifter, a spokesman for the group.
Monday’s tree sit-in was staged about 10 miles south of Winnsboro along C.R. 4591 on property owned by David Daniel.
Seifert said the eight protesters — who came from across North Texas — were acting autonomously but with the permission of Daniel to be on the property.
Paul Bassis, who said he was acting as spokesman for Daniel, said the landowner has unsuccessfully battled the tar sands pipeline in court during the past five years."