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Indigenous resistance grows strong in Keystone XL pipeline battle

By: Crysbel Tejada and Betsy Catlin | First published by Waging Nonviolence on May 8, 2013:

Dwane and Carter Camp are both long time AIM (American Indian Movement) veterans. (Photo: Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance/Girard Oz)

Dwane and Carter Camp are both long time AIM (American Indian Movement) veterans. (Photo: Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance/Girard Oz)

On cloudy days, heavy smoke fills the air of Ponca City, Okla., with grey smog that camouflages itself into the sky. The ConocoPhillips oil refinery that makes its home there uses overcast days as a disguise to release more toxins into the air. These toxins are brimming with benzene — a chemical that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, can cause leukemia, anemia and even decrease the size of women’s ovaries. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2008 the ConocoPhillips refinery released over 2,000 pounds of this chemical into the air in Ponca City.

“Of the maybe 800 of us that live locally, we have averaged over the last five to seven years maybe one funeral a week,” explained Casey Camp-Horinek, a Ponca woman and longtime activist. “Where we used to have dances every week, now most people are in mourning.”

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Keystone XL Pipeline Could Cost $100 Billion Per Year in Health and Environmental Damages

EPA Asks State Department for Total Cost to Society of KXL, Oil Change International Spells it Out

By: Oil Change International | Press Release:

WASHINGTON – May 7 – Oil Change International today uncovered that the full cost of the Keystone XL Pipeline to society could be upwards of $100 Billion per year in damages to health, property, ecosystems, and the climate. The new study was released after the EPA requested the State Department provide a more detailed review of the actual cost of the pipeline to society as a part of their SEIS.

See the study from Oil Change International: http://bit.ly/KXLCost

More than one million people submitted comments opposing the pipeline during the public comment period for the pipeline in addition to the EPA.

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Oklahoma Grandmother Locks Herself to Keystone XL Heavy Machinery

In response to Exxon Mobil’s disastrous tar sands spill in neighboring Arkansas, Oklahoma residents are engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience to halt construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

By: Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance | Press Release:

Nancy Zorn, Oklahoma Grandmother

Nancy Zorn, Keystone XL Tar Sands Protester

ALLEN, OK – April 9, 2013 – Oklahoma grandmother Nancy Zorn, 79, from Warr Acres, has locked herself to a piece of heavy machinery effectively halting construction on TransCanada’s Keystone XL toxic tar sands pipeline. This action comes in the wake of the disastrous tar sands pipeline spill in Mayflower Arkansas, where an estimated 80,000 gallons of tar sands spilled into a residential neighborhood and local waterways.

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