Monday, August 22, 2011

Keystone XL protests begin, as do the arrests

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 4:45 PM

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We wrote a couple weeks ago about Tar Sands Action, a group of high-profile conservationists conducting acts of civil disobedience at the White House to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, which would pass through Montana. The protests began over the weekend, and so far 162 people have been sent to jail as a result.

Here's the latest from the group:

WASHINGTON, DC — Another 52 Americans were arrested at the White House this morning for taking part in an ongoing sit-in to push President Obama to stand up to Big Oil and deny the permit for a massive new oil pipeline. (1) In total, 162 people have been arrested since the ongoing protest began on Saturday.

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Lori Fischer, the co-director for Nebraska Environmental Action Coalition and a member of Nebraska Farmers Union, traveled with five other Nebraskans and was arrested this morning. She said before her arrest:

“If the government is going to refuse to step up to the responsibility to defend a livable future, I believe that creates a moral imperative for me and many others. This is a crucial issue for Nebraskans to speak up loudly about. Our land, water, and the future of our children are at stake. I feel our leaders need to take seriously their responsibility to pass on a healthy and just world to the next generation, I am going to Washington remind them.”

In a nice bit of timing, The New York Times editorial board came out against the Keystone XL today. Here's the conclusion:

The State Department will decide whether to approve or reject the pipeline by the end of the year. It has already delivered two flawed reports on the pipeline’s environmental impact. It should acknowledge the environmental risk of the pipeline and the larger damage caused by tar sands production and block the Keystone XL.

(H/T to Clean, Green, Sustainable, which also posted an update today.)

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