Friday, September 2, 2011

Watch out for the oil during First Friday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Most of the Keystone XL protest action has been taking place in front of the White House, but tonight's Art Walk features a local demonstration.

Northern Rockies Rising Tide and the No Shipments Network plan to stage mock oil spills along Higgins Avenue during the height of First Friday. Look for the oil to start flowing by 6.

“In the wake of the Yellowstone River oil spill, Governor Schweitzer and President Obama have a choice,” said Steven Schorzman of Northern Rockies Rising Tide in a statement. “They can follow the same path that brought Billings-area residents to the emergency room and destroyed many farmers’ and ranchers’ livelihoods, or chart a new course—a clean energy future that puts Americans to work and saves lives.”

TransCanada’s permit for the Keystone XL pipeline calls for it to run from Canada, through Montana, and all the way to Texas.

The Missoula protest is a solidarity action with the ongoing act of civil disobedience at the White House. So far, there have been more than 1,000 arrests during that two-week demonstration, including high-profile arrests of actors Daryl Hannah and Montana's own Margot Kidder.

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