Since we really don’t know what will happen related to Keystone, and how soon, we are getting prepared in case.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Concerned Indiana citizens protest Keystone XL Pipeline Plan to engage in non-violent civil disobedience may result in arrests
Indianapolis, Ind. (March, 2015) – About two dozen Indiana citizens will risk arrest on XX, March XX, because of the dangers they see in the controversial Keystone pipeline, which is planned to carry 850,000 barrels daily of oil extracted from the Alberta tar sands in Canada. The protest was triggered by the State Department’s approval of the pipeline in its just issued National Interest Determination (NID). Scores of similar protests across the country, which involve more than 100,000 Americans in the largest single act of civil disobedience in U.S. history, seek to put last-minute pressure on President Obama to override the NID. The demonstration and civil disobedience will take place at the Minton-Capehart Federal Building, 575 N. Pennsylvania Street, at XXX p.m. Federal officials have been apprised of the action by the protesters themselves. The protestors intend to raise awareness of this pipeline’s dangers. Climate scientists have concluded that tar-sands crude makes global warming worse than conventional oil because it adds about 20% more carbon to the atmosphere when mined, transported, and refined. In addition, these groups emphasize how few permanent jobs the Keystone pipeline will create (35), the multi-million-dollar clean-ups caused by multiple breaks and leaks in existing tar-sands pipelines, the threats to the water supplies and soil health of farms and communities along the proposed pipeline route, and the polluted water and health problems already caused in the areas adjacent to the Alberta tar-sands operations.
Short profiles of three members of the KXL Resistance group:
GlendaRae Hernandez serves on the South Bend Human Rights Commission, works with the League of Women Voters there, and is a member of the Church of the Brethren. She believes it is “absolutely crucial to stop using fossil fuels and most especially the tar sands oil which is really bad news for the future of life on this planet.”
Jeff Kisling, a lifelong Quaker, is a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) who has researched infant lung disease at Riley Hospital for Children, for 40 years. ”I have refused to own a car for forty years, knowing we can’t dump that much exhaust into the air. Future generations are depending upon us to protect and keep clean the earth, air and water that all life depends upon.”
A Sister of St. Francis of Oldenburg, Indiana for the past sixty-six years, Claire Whalen says: “As a Franciscan woman, I have a deep love affair with Planet Earth and…all Earth’s balancing systems upon which life on this planet depends.”
The action is part of a national campaign by CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club and 350.org. President Obama vetoed the Congressional bill that authorized construction of the pipeline last month, but that is different than an outright rejection. Those involved in the action believe the outright rejection of the pipeline is consistent with Obama’s stated commitment to deal with climate change.