TransCanada and the Keystone XL pipeline
The Canadian oil and gas company TransCanada hopes to build a new tar sands oil pipeline that would trek 1,700 miles from Alberta, Canada to Texas. If constructed, the pipeline, known as the Keystone XL, would carry one of the world’s dirtiest fuels: tar sands oil. The climate is at stake: Canada’s tar sands are the biggest carbon bomb on the continent, and Keystone XL would be the biggest fuse yet to ignite it.
Along its route from Alberta to Texas, this pipeline could devastate ecosystems and pollute water sources, and would jeopardize public health. The form of tar sands oil pumped through pipelines — diluted bitumen — is more toxic and corrosive than conventional oil, leading to more spills that hurt local economies. The refining of tar sands oil on the Gulf Coast will lead to more pollution in already overburdened communities suffering from high rates of asthma and other respiratory diseases.
After more than two years of active campaigning by Friends of the Earth and its members and activists, President Obama rejected the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline on January 18, dealing a blow to Big Oil. The president’s action would not have happened without the sustained grassroots pressure exerted by activists across the country.
The bad news
Within three months, we are back where we started. TransCanada has split Keystone XL into two segments, seeking to cut corners in the environmental review process. In an about-face bow to Big Oil, President Obama is touting TransCanada’s plan to construct the southern segment of the pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast of Texas and on Thursday, March 22 announced an executive order to expedite the review process. The president and his administration need to see that we stand strong and united in opposition to this pipeline — and that we aren’t going away.
What you can do
Get involved. Upload your photo and share it with the administration. Share the petition with your friends. Join Friends of the Earth’s activist network. We have a really active Stop the Keystone XL pipeline Facebook page. Help out another Texas landowner, Julia Trigg Crawford, whose land is being threatened by TransCanada, by signing her petition.
Tweet your photo. Here are some suggested tweets:
@BarackObama here is another person against the Keystone XL pipeline [image url] #nokxl #standwithdavid
@BarackObama clean energy, not Keystone XL south [image url] #nokxl #standwithdavid