Protests Against Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Continue, From Washington DC to Texas
The fight against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will be a major test of the Obama administration's re-articulated commitment to preventing climate change, with activists across the nation wasting no time to continue pushing for a rejection of controversial pipeline. Here are the latest examples:
In Texas, the folks of Tar Sands Blockade continue direct action against preliminary work being done on the southern portion of the yet-to-be-approved pipeline.
In the words of Tar Sands Blockade:
Today, four people locked themselves to heavy machinery used along the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route. They were joined by several others forming a human chain to block the movement of heavy machinery onsite, while more than 30 people walked onto the same construction site to halt work early this morning. Meanwhile, three others launched a new tree blockade at a crossing of the Angelina River, suspending themselves from 50 foot pine trees with life lines anchored to heavy machinery, effectively blocking the entirety of Keystone XL’s path. Today’s Day of Action is in solidarity with local landowners struggling to protect their water and land from TransCanada’s toxic tar sands pipeline.
Solidarity actions in Palm Beach, Fla. saw financier for the project Deutsche Bank targeted. Tar Sands Blockade supporters in Minneapolis held a banner drop. While supports in San Francisco demonstrated outside the Canadian consulate.
On Sunday in Washington DC some 3000 people turn out to march around the White House urging a rejection of Keystone XL.
Though the DC protest was smaller in turn out than similar actions in 2011 and 2012, event organizers 350.org note that the participation was quite robust considering the event was announced just 10 days beforehand.