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NEWS RELEASE · 21st October 2011
Mother Nature Network
Actor urges people to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline with a sit-in similar to the Wall Street demonstrations.


Could "Occupy Wall Street" spin off an "Occupy Pipeline" protest? According to Alec Baldwin, that may be the perfect recipe for magnifying the public outcry against the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline.

The project, which would stretch more than 1,700 miles from Canada's tar sands to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico, has been a target of environmental groups, with hundreds arrested last month outside the White House in protest. Celebrities including Mark Ruffalo, Daryl Hannah, Robert Redford, Kyra Sedgwick and Ian Somerhalder have spoken out against its construction.

"If approved, the pipeline construction would allow greater exploitation of the environmentally destructive tar sands, ripping up some of the world's last, most intact rain forests and wildlife habitat that has taken 10,000 years to evolve,"Hannah wrote with Greenpeace director Philip Radford. "The pipeline also threatens communities along its route with toxic oil spills. And by opening a new source of highly polluting tar sands, it could cause even more global warming, as James Hansen and 19 other prominent climate scientists have warned. This is why Keystone XL is opposed by Nebraskan ranchers, communities near the dangerous refineries in Texas, the nation's largest environmental organizations, and so many more."

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Really?
Comment by James Ippel on 2nd November 2011
Yes, there have been oil spills from ruptured pipelines, "BUT", all of these lines were 30 years old, or older.
Are you suggesting that nothing has been learned in the last 30 years about the manufacture and installation of these lines.
I know fullwell this is a useless avenue to persue because the naysayers are always right, even when they are wrong.
By the way, how did you get to work this morning? Did you drive your car, which used gasoling or diesel. These are the byproducts of the oil that was transported to the refinery via a pipeline.
Take a close, hard look at the necessary evil in using oil for our everyday living. From plastics to transportation, to electricity.
The Opposed
Comment by Jessica Lindstrom on 1st November 2011
James,
How is it that you feel technology will save the day? Did technology "save the day" in the July 2010 enbridge spill in Michigan when their pipeline released over 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River or how about two months ago when an Enbridge pipeline released over 6,000 barrels of oil into the environment around it because of a rupture? Enbridge has had over 700 spills in the ten year span of 1999-2009. These spills were in what I would label as "simple terrain" in comparison to the area that they are planning for the proposed "Northern Gateway Pipelines". Now, please explain to me how THEIR pipelines are safe because obviously I must be missing something. I am all for bringing money into the community and providing a future for the next generation HOWEVER, I don't want to be the only economic value of these pipelines to be in oil spill cleanup. The numbers just don't add up and if you've done your research you would know this.
Re: you are right
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 30th October 2011
How much new technology do you think they can put in a pipe James? even if they could , there is one thing you can't control and that is Human error and mother nature.So it doesn't matter how much technology you can put in a pipe ,if there is an earth quake or a landslide all the technology in the world cant help us.
You are right Me
Comment by James Ippel on 28th October 2011
The Pipeline will go ahead eventually with the blessings of First Nations (Maybe not all), but "Money talks, bullshit walks."
The construction stage will bring in lots of $s, and later the oil that flows thru the pipes will send maga bucks to Ottawa. A grand portion of this will go to support $7 a day Daycare in Quebec, but a little will filter back to the west in forms of tax dollars for Health, Education, and Infrastructure.
I, personally will go on record as being a Pipeline Supporter. I have faith in the advancement of technology to make Pipelines safe, and do not have my head buried in the sand-contrary to what some of you might think.
Have we all been thrown under the bus?
Comment by Janice P. Robinson on 27th October 2011
The "Northern Gateway" has been the real highway of tears ever since Indians and white salesmen from the east carried Hudson Bay Company terrorists over the Rockies. They followed that same route.

Here come progeny from those same Indians...... with some shiny Enbridge pamphlets in their soft, pudgy, brown little hands. They have come along that very same "gateway." Yes, they have sold us out, and were proud and angry to do it. They do not eat the beaver meat. They only take the undercoat, and the carcass rots. Shame. They also take the beak and feathers of our Eagles, and leave the carcasses and eaglets to rot. They could care less about the hotsprings, have children too, and do what they have been told to do. They are bought and sold and have money.

Member of Parliament, Nathan Cullen: Please look into this matter of the hotsprings, at Lach Gels. I am sure it should be federal land. We want to swim, soak and watch our babies having fun there again. This pearl in the northwest oyster belongs to all children...... everybody. It was never private property.

Help us make it right.
its going through no matter what
Comment by me on 26th October 2011
I find it amusing how the government pretends they are going to take votes and are listen, when i know that they already are paying people to get training on the pipeline going through. So the government will keep playing their game, we will keep thinking that they are listening to us, and at the end of the day they are doing it no matter what anyone thinks. money talks, the ones with money can do what ever they want even at the expense of children environments or what ever gets in their way.
WWBD?
Comment by Steve on 25th October 2011
What would Bono do?

Boy, i'm glad all these millionaire celebs are capable of making up my mind for me. The ultimate example of :"I'm all right Jack"
Well said Maggie Jo
Comment by James Ippel on 23rd October 2011
We don't need these so called celebreties to get involved in things they have absolutely no understanding of.
The same thing, unfortunately, can be said by some locals as well.
HA HA HA!
Comment by Maggie Jo on 21st October 2011
Good heavens.

We need a drowned out celebrity to endorse a protest to "raise awareness" in mere efforts to save his own career?!

HA HA HA!

I think we humbled rednecks have it covered from here. No celebrity endorsements required.

(Still laughing.)