Existing and Planned Tar Sands Pipelines Criss-Cross All of North America
It is not only the Keystone XL Pipeline that is a threat to our environment, but thousands of miles of other pipelines as well.
Coming Soon: A Tar Sands pipeline to a neighborhood near you
The TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline is constantly in the news, as people from North Dakota all the way to Texas put their lives and their bodies on the line through courageous acts of civil disobedience in concerted efforts to block its construction. What many are unaware of, however, is that Keystone XL is just the tip of the iceberg. Existing and planned pipeline projects are crossing the length and breadth of Canada and the United States. All of the pipelines originate in Alberta, and they all snake their way east, west and south to refineries and seaports, where the oil will not be consumed in either Canada or America, but shipped to Europe, China and South America. Thus, a couple of energy conglomerates collude with state and federal government to seize property through eminent domain, threatening the health of our environment as never before, so that they and a handful of oilmen in places like Texas and Louisiana can become even more filthy rich than they are today.
Al Monaco, CEO of Enbridge Corporation, proudly states that the oil giant is "investing $15 billion in three initiatives that can provide additional markets for about one million barrels (a day) of Alberta production. And that is in addition to all the regional pipeline development we're taking in the oilsands and elsewhere."
First Nations come together to try to block pipelines
During the last week in January representatives from over 25 US and Canadian First Nations came together on Yankton Sioux land in South Dakota to stand in solidarity against pipeline construction. The gathering formally called upon governments to halt all pipeline projects and end Alberta tar sands development.
The tribes issued a statement: "Oil sands projects present unacceptable risks to the soil, the waters, the air, sacred sights, and our ways of life." The signers of the statement pledged "mutual and collective opposition to the XL Pipeline, Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipelines through British Columbia, and the Kinder-Morgan trans-mountain pipeline and tanker projects that are being reviewed by the Canadian government."
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