Over 100 protesters came together for the Draw the Line action this weekend

Photo by Claus Wawrzinek

Photo by Claus Wawrzinek

Photo by Claus Wawrzinek

Photo by Claus Wawrzinek

This action took place down near the City Market and then marched across the Town of Kansas bridge, then down to the edge of the Missouri River and along the shore for about a half mile or so. The protesters came to speak out about the Keystone XL pipeline being built across the U.S. to pump tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada down to Houston, TX and Port Arthur, LA.
Here are a few bullet points on why you should be concerned about this:
• Tar Sands Oil makes 3 to 4 times more carbon-dioxide in the refining process than conventional oil. This would raise the air pollution in the U.S. at an equivalent rate as having 5.6 million new cars on the roads.
• The extraction process for Tar Sands Oil requires water among other things. For every barrel of Tar Sands that is extracted you contaminate 3 barrels of water.
• The Tar Sands Oil is beneath the Boreal forests of Alberta. The oil companies have to cut down the forests before they dig for the oil. The Boreal forests of Alberta are the world’s largest intact ecosystem in the world.
• The Keystone XL pipeline crosses over 70 different rivers and streams in the U.S., including the Missouri River and not to mention passes over the Ogallala Aquifer. TransCanada’s first tar sands pipeline spilled 12 times in less than a year of running. The tars sands spill that happened in the Kalamazoo River in 2010 is still being cleaned up after 3 years even after $1 billion dollars worth of efforts over 40 miles of the Kalamazoo is still contaminated. Tar Sands is much harder to clean after a spill than regular crude.
• These are just a couple of the reasons to fight the Keystone XL pipeline.

For More information go to:
http://libcloud.s3.amazonaws.com/93/e2/e/3008/Keystone_XL_Factsheet.pdf

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