Susan Scott, 64, another landowner whose property is being crossed by the pipeline, was at the protest too, a black-and-white-striped hat pinned to her head. She scowled at a process server delivering legal paperwork from TransCanada to protesters and vowed not to identify anyone.
Scott said she's afraid the pipeline will leak and is disappointed more locals haven't supported the protesters.
"Country people, a lot of them don't use the computer," she said, "They just believe what TransCanada's telling them."
Dodson, the TransCanada spokesman, said the company deals fairly with landowners and has made extra efforts to safely route and reinforce the pipeline, using thicker pipe, burying pipes deeper and spacing valves so that leaks can be isolated quickly.
"This is going to be the safest pipeline ever built," Dodson said of the $3.2-billion project, which would stretch from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast.
TransCanada recently sent a film crew out to speak with pipeline supporters in East Texas, and the company is still collecting stories from businesspeople and landowners in the area, Dodson said.