Canadian Oilsands Pipeline Protests

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Anti-pipeline protesters continue on with their two week peaceful civil disobedience at the White House, which began on August 20. Environmentalists, indigenous leaders, scientists and concerned citizens are protesting the proposed construction of the 3,460 kilometer long Keystone XL pipeline, that would transport Canadian crude oil all the way to Texas refineries.

Organizers have stated that at least 1,500 people have signed up to participate in a series of sit-ins, which will continue until September 3. According to organizers who endorse the Tar Sands Action sit-in, the mega-pipeline project from the Alberta tar sands to refineries in the United States will have negative consequences for communities, waterways, ecosystems and the planet. They are calling this project a carbon bomb and an environmental disaster.

Proponents say that the pipeline poses no major environmental threat and an environmental assessment has been conducted and reviewed. They also concluded that this pipeline project would be a boost to the economy, creating new jobs and secure friendly oil from Canada.

Organizer and protester Bill McKibben, a leading American environmentalist, was one of the several hundred people arrested this past week.

Maude Barlow, National Chairperson for the Council of Canadians, has called on Canadians to organize a civil disobedience sit-in in Ottawa for the end of September to protest the Alberta tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline project. Click here.

Related articles and information:

Ottawa Tar Sands Action Announced

Democracy Now- August 23rd, 2011

CBC News – August 2oth, 2011 August 19th, 2011

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