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Keystone XL pump station construction halted by Great Plains protesters

June 24th, 2013

Nine protesters from the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance were arrested this morning, after at least eight members of the group locked themselves to construction equipment and a construction trailer at the site of a pump station being built in Seminole, OK, to service the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

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Texas residents question the integrity of Keystone XL pipe

June 11th, 2013

Some East Texas residents living near the Keystone XL pipeline say they’re uneasy about the project’s potential to leak, having seen that crews have returned to make several repairs on the just-laid pipe. Video by Texas Public Citizen.

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Keystone XL crews plows up Julia Trigg Crawford’s farm, as pipeline nears completion in Texas

May 17th, 2013

Julia Trigg Crawford is standing firm, even as TransCanada arrived this week to dig the tunnel for its Keystone XL pipeline. The controversial pipeline will carry diluted tar sands oil, or dilbit, from Alberta to Houston-area refineries. Crawford has challenged the oil concern in court, saying it doesn’t have proper standing to operate in Texas.

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Friends of the Earth says special interests have tainted Keystone XL approval process — again

April 18th, 2013

The Keystone pipeline opposition has galvanized, with activists angered not just over the pipeline’s heavy carbon footprint, but the lack of transparency and political influence-peddling around the DC review and permitting for the project. This week, Friends of the Earth filed an FOIA request to bring information to light about what it sees as a corrupted process.

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Environmentalists to demonstrate against Keystone XL at White House on Nov. 18

November 9th, 2012

As they did in 2011, environmentalists will again gather at the White House to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada across the U.S. to refineries in Houston.

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Keystone XL moves forward, from Oklahoma to Texas

February 28th, 2012

he much fought-over Keystone XL oil pipeline will begin construction in Oklahoma and Texas, despite having been denied a presidential permit for the entire 1,700 mile project.
The Obama Administration had rejected the project in November 2011, saying more study and a possible re-routing was needed in Nebraska where the route slices through the Sandhills region above the Ogallala Aquifer.

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American Sustainable Business Council asks Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline

January 14th, 2012

A coalition of 45 business groups organized as the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) lodged firm opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, describing the project as “a boondoggle for oil companies” that will fail to provide permanent jobs or energy security for the US.
“Keystone is a sneak attack on American’s wallets,” said Frank Knapp, Vice Chairman of ASBC and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce.

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Austin enviromentalists protest Congress’ forcing Keystone ‘pipeline of poison’

December 17th, 2011

Environmental advocates in Austin issued a torrent of statements today to protest the Congressional fast-tracking of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Gathering downtown, representatives of Public Citizen, Sierra Club and the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition called upon President Obama and the US State Department to stick by their previous commitment to adequately review the pipeline, a process estimated to take a year or more, and not be cornered into a 60 day review by GOP members of Congress who want the pipeline installed.

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President says he’ll make the call on tar sands pipeline

November 2nd, 2011

President Obama told a Nebraska TV station yesterday that he — not the State Department — will be making the decision on whether to permit the controversial 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline.
The president said he would consider both the health of Americans and the economy in making the decision as he is presented with information about the pipeline — words that some environmentalists opposing the pipeline took as cautiously encouraging.

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European Union may rate Canadian tar sands oil as more polluting

October 28th, 2011

The European Commission may rate oil from Canadian tar sands as more polluting based on studies that show it has a higher carbon footprint than standard crude oil, according to reports from Reuters.
EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told a gathering in Brussels that it is a matter of scientific fact that “oil sands are more CO2-polluting than other kinds of fuel.”
“And therefore we say it should have a specific value. It’s nothing targeted against this particular fuel. We are doing that with all our different biofuels. It’s the same methodology that we are applying for different things in the same directive,” she said.

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Obama campaign angers enviros by hiring former lobbyist for Keystone pipeline

October 25th, 2011

The Obama 2012 campaign organization angered opponents of the Keystone Pipeline XL today with the public announcement it has hired a former lobbyist for the pipeline, which would carry environmentally damaging tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas.

Broderick Johnson

The campaign hired Broderick Johnson, who previously worked for the lobbying firm the lobbying firm Bryan Cave LLP, and in 2010 pushed for presidential approval for the Keystone project.

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Nebraska Governor calls for Obama to deny Keystone pipeline, until Nebraska can review its route

October 24th, 2011

In a move that had been talked about, but was by no means considered a sure bet, Nebraska’s Gov. Dave Heineman has called for the Obama Administration to turn down the permit request for the controversial Keystone Pipeline XL that would carry Canadian tar sands oil across the U.S..

A Nebraska pow-wow, or specifically a special session of the legislature, had been a growing possibility since Heineman said earlier this year that he agreed with opponents of the pipeline that its route across a delicate region of the state could jeopardize the Ogallala Aquifer.

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