24 Aug '11, 7pm

Canadian Activist Arrested at White House Protest Tells Her Story #TarSandsAction

Canadian Activist Arrested at White House Protest Tells Her Story #TarSandsAction

For the last two years I've been concerned about this proposed pipeline that would transport bitumen from the tar sands (or should I say bad lands?) in northern Alberta to Texas. James Hansen, NASA's chief climatologist has stated that if this pipeline gets built, it's game over for the climate. Not only does extracting bitumen from the tar sands consume - and pollute - huge volumes of water from the Athabasca river, it also uses huge volumes of natural gas in the process. As well, tar sands crude is much more toxic than regular crude. And First Nations peoples downstream from the tar sands use the river as a source of drinking water and for hunting and fishing. To compound these evils, the pipeline would pass over several major rivers and the Ogallala aquifer - a major source of potable water in the Midwestern US. It has been predicted that up to 91 spills might be expect...

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