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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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EPA Trashes State Department’s Dubious Evaluation Of Keystone XL

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive

Keystone XL MapThe powerful U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seems to be taking its mandate seriously. At least as far as the State Department’s recent evaluation of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is concerned.

In an official letter issued last Monday, the EPA trashed the State Department’s draft report, the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), released in March. It expressed grave concern that the report gave an overly-positive environmental assessment of the $7 billion project. That it bizarrely concluded that the 875 mile long pipeline was environmentally sound.

As you’ll recall, the State Department’s conclusions upset a lot of environmentalists. For many good reasons.

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Public comments prove Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is all risk, no reward

By: 350.org | Press Release:

Keystone XL MapWASHINGTON – April 23, 2013 – Opponents of Keystone XL have submitted more than one million comments urging President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the State Department following the publication of the latest deficient environmental review urging that the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline be rejected. Across the diverse pipeline opponents who spoke in Nebraska and the one million people who provided comments, there is a common message: Keystone XL is all risk and no reward.

The one million comments were collected from more than 20 organizations, including: 350.org, Alliance for Climate Education, Avaaz, Bold Nebraska, CCAN, Center for Effective Government, Credo, Environmental Action, Friends of the Earth, FWW, Greenpeace, League of Conservation Voters, League of Women Voters, MoveOn, NWF, Oil Change International, NRDC, RAN, Sierra Club, and SumofUs.org.

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Native leaders across U.S., Canada will do what it takes to stop tar sands pipelines

Source: Calgary Herald

OTTAWA — An alliance of First Nations leaders is preparing to fight proposed new pipelines in the courts and through unspecified direct action.

Native leaders from Canada and the United States were on Parliament Hill on Wednesday to underline opposition to both the Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines.

The first would tie the Alberta oil sands to the West Coast, while the second would send bitumen to refineries on the American Gulf Coast.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Native+leaders+across+Canada+stop+oilsands+pipelines/8127263/story.html#ixzz2O7ezjO2M

State Department Keystone XL Assessment Report Written By TransCanada Hiree

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive

alberta-tar-sands1.jpgThe U.S. government lied to the American people – and the rest of us – about that Keystone XL tar sands pipeline assessment. The State Department’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) report on the proposed 875-mile long pipeline, which would ship up to 830,000 barrels of Canada‘s dirty tar sands oil per day from Alberta to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, was not prepared by a neutral government official.

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Hoping Canada’s Dirty Tar Sands Aren’t Part of U.S. “Energy Future” Plans (VIDEO)

U.S. President Barack Obama in this week’s Weekly Address: “We’re finally poised to take control of our energy future”. We hope Canada’s dirty tar sands and TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline aren’t part of deal.

Video cross-posted on Obiemedia.tumblr.com.

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