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Sunday, February 17, 2013

No pipeline! No gas! Keep your pipeline off our grass!

Today marked the largest climate march in U.S. history, with over 40,000 people of all ages and all backgrounds marching and rallying at our nation's capital against the Keystone XL Pipeline.
For those of you that don't know, this pipeline will transport synthetic crude oil from Alberta, Canada to multiple cities in the United States. It may sound good on paper, but when you dive into it, this project will further damage our climate and our nation's citizens. I know I sound like a spokesperson for every environmental organization out there, which I'm okay with, but this pipeline is detrimental to not only our planet, but to also our future.
In December, a group of protestors barricaded themselves inside of a portion of the pipeline in Winona, Minnesota.
The following morning, they were shocked to see this:

What you are looking at is sunlight coming through the "tight" welding of the keystone Pipeline. And, you know what the real humdinger of this is, this pipeline is only a few yards away from the backyards of multiple lifelong Winona residents, who were offered $600 to give their inherited property over to TransCanada. Although they refused, TransCanada was awarded the property anyway, leaving the family in the "spill zone" of this pipeline. 

This is an all too common occurrence, and these companies, such as TransCanada, are getting away with lying, fraud, and ultimately murder and climate destruction. TransCanada already has a toxic reputation and already has pipelines that are notoriously known for leaking in their infancy. 

Today, although I was not in D.C., I stood in solidarity against the Keystone XL Pipeline and made sure my voice was still heard. If you would like to stand against the Keystone XL Pipeline, and you would like your voice to be heard too, you can sign up here: An open letter to President Obama.

And, if you are interested in reading the rest of this article, you can find it here: Shoddy Weld on KXL Pipeline

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