October 13, 2011 (Phillips County, Montana) – Today, renewable energy advocate Tom Weis kicked off a six-state tour of resistance against TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline proposal by literally drawing a line in the sand at the US/Canada border. Over the next 10 weeks, Weis will pedal the 1,700-mile proposed pipeline route to amplify the voices of Middle Americans fighting this foreign pipeline invasion.
Keystone XL threatens to contaminate the Ogallala Aquifer – the fresh drinking water supply of nearly two million people and source of one-third of America’s farmland irrigation water – by pumping up to 830,000 barrels a day of tar sands sludge from Alberta to oil refineries in Texas. Despite a corrupt environmental review process, the Obama White House is “inclined” to approve TransCanada’s
presidential permit on national interest grounds, with a decision expected before the end of the year. Weis was one of 1,253 people arrested outside the White House this summer for protesting against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. He is now headed to the front lines of this impending confrontation in support of the farmers, ranchers and tribal communities in Montana, South Dakota,
Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas who are defying TransCanada.
A recent study by Cornell University concluded that Keystone XL may destroy more jobs than it creates. TransCanada’s pipeline is also projected to raise gasoline and diesel fuel prices in the Midwest by 10 to 20 cents per gallon.
Not organized by TSB, but still rad!