Today, the Senate is voting on amendments to the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. The bill itself, bill number S. 1, is a bad piece of legislation. It pushes the Keystone XL pipeline through – a pipeline that will harm our climate, threaten aquifers and harm nearby communities. Luckily, President Obama has already threatened to veto this ill-conceived bill.
A broken Exxon pipeline spilled more than 12,000 barrels of Canadian tar sands oil and water en route to the Gulf Coast on Friday, March 29. The spill ran through the neighborhoods of Mayflower, Arkansas, just north of Little Rock, and into nearby wetlands and rivers.
We know pipelines break.
Today a few dozen DC activists added their voices to the ongoing fight agains the Keystone XL Pipeline.
In support of the Tar Sands Blockade Tree Sitters, we brought a big ugly pipeline to the American Petroleum Institute headquarters in DC and called for clean energy and an end to the pipeline project.
Tar Sands Blockade is a coalition of Texas and Oklahoma landowners and climate justice organizers using peaceful and sustained civil disobedience to stop the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The Tar Sands Blockade is the continuation of Tar Sands Action, one of the biggest environmental actions in US history that took place last year at the White House.
Yellowstone River disaster: Montana groups call for greater oversight of oil pipelines
One month after the ExxonMobil pipeline disaster, which spilled over 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, the Billings Oil Spill Conservation Community (see list of organizations below) released a joint statement calling for greater oversight of oil pipelines and urging citizens to hold ExxonMobil accountable for the cleanup.
Please take a moment to add your voice to this important effort:
From the joint statement:
Call on ExxonMobil (888.382.0043) to clean up their pollution and cover all damages and clean up expenses, including those incurred by the State of Montana and the Environmental Protection Agency.
We also want all existing pipelines in the state re-examined for safety issues. And, of course, we are especially adamant that a State Department decision on TransCanada s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline across eastern Montana not be rushed, as Congress is attempting to do. This pipeline, which will carry 20 times as much oil as the Exxon Silvertip, must not put at risk Montana land and rivers. - Mary Fitzpatrick, community leader, Billings, Montana.
Earlier this week, Congressman Waxman, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, sent letters to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Department of State Keystone XL Project Manager Elizabeth Orlando opposing the approval of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The State Department is charged with determining whether the pipeline is in the national interest and will issue, or not issue, a permit accordingly.
If built, the pipeline will transport tar sands oil from the Canadian tar sands in Alberta to oil refineries in the Gulf Coast. Tar sands oil is one of the dirtiest fuels out there -- emitting high volumes of greenhouse gases during development, which contribute to global warming.
In his letters to the State Department, Chairman Waxman stated that permitting the Keystone XL pipeline would be a step in the wrong direction , undermining President Obama s efforts to move this country away from oil and towards a clean energy economy. We applaud Chairman Waxman for his strong stance against increasing our reliance on dirty fuels and hope that other politicians will join him in opposing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.