Join us in D.C. for the largest climate rally in U.S. history!
On February 17, 2013, NRDC, Sierra Club, 350.org and partners will be leading the “Forward on Climate” rally in DC to call on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and set carbon standards for dirty power plants!
Watch this video on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and march with us on February 17 – sign-up today!
That Pipeline through New England? It’s (Mostly) Owned by Exxon. And They Want to Transport Toxic Tar Sands Oil through It.
Last week, ten national and local Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire organizations including NRDC released a fact sheet exposing Big Oil’s stealth campaign to bring extra dirty tar sands to New England.
What exactly is so troubling about the idea of Exxon’s pipeline companies and Enbridge transporting tar sands through Eastern Canada and New England? To name just a few reasons for concern:
Tar sands is a dirty fuel – extra damaging and risky to the environment and public health throughout its entire lifecycle of extraction, pipeline transport, refining, and combustion. An area of Alberta’s Boreal forest the size of Florida could eventually be decimated if industry is allowed to continue expanding their extraction efforts. The damage from tar sands extends globally, as it causes 20% more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil, taking us in the wrong direction when the world needs to transition to clean energy.
Tar sands pipelines pose greater safety risks to the land and water along their path. Diluted bitumen – raw tar sands mixed with a diluent so that it can be transported via pipelines – is more corrosive and abrasive than conventional oil, creating a greater spill risk. And, when tar sands pipelines do spill into rivers, rather than floating on the surface, the diluted bitumen separates – with the diluents evaporating and the bitumen becoming submerged and impossible to fully clean up.
Bob Bandaret, a farmer near Cogswell, ND, describes the tar sands blowout he witnessed near his land in 2011.
The tar sands blowout that Banderet witnessed is particularly relevant today, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has just given TransCanada the green light to begin construction of portions of the “southern leg” of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to the Gulf, where much of the heavy crude will be refined and exported.
Voices Against Tar Sands is a website devoted to people’s stories about the fight against dangerous tar sands oil mining and pipeline projects in North America.
The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would bisect the Great Plains and its 250,000 ranches and farms. Keystone XL would also cross more than 1,500 waterways, including major aquifers, from the Yellowstone River in Montana to Pine Island Bayou in Texas. It would threaten these waterways with the kind of spills that in 2010 gushed 840,000 gallons of tar sands oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River – a spill is still not fully cleaned up.
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director of NRDC’s international program. Read more.
Tell Congress to Let the Keystone XL Pipeline Die.
President Obama has stood his ground and killed a permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, but Republican leaders in Congress are trying to force its approval by attaching it to unrelated legislation. Tell your senators and representative to stop holding our government hostage to the interests of Big Oil!