1,253. That’s the number of people arrested at the White House last month for peacefully protesting the Keystone XL, a controversial pipeline that would pump tar sands oil from Canada through America’s breadbasket to refineries along the Gulf Coast.
Among those arrested were representatives of communities that would be harmed by the pipeline and that are on the front lines of this fight. They sat-in on President Obama’s doorstep to urge him to stand up to Big Oil -- and now you can have your say, too.
The State Department is holding public meetings on the Keystone XL in states along the pipeline’s path, which includes Kansas. There will be one in Topeka this Monday, September 26 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Can you attend the hearing and make your voice heard? Click here to RSVP. We will provide you with information about the hearing and connect you with a local organizer in Kansas who’ll be at the hearing.
Landowners and farmers in Kansas are concerned about pipeline spills, and rightfully so. The Keystone XL would threaten Kansas’ wells and wetlands with contamination of heavy, sulfurous tar sands crude.
What’s more, the pipeline would be built over the Ogallala Aquifer, which spans eight states including Kansas, provides drinking water for two million people, and supports $20 billion in agriculture. A spill could be catastrophic, and previous tar sands pipelines have already resulted in dozens of spills across North America.
Community members have spoken up, and now it’s your turn. Attend the public hearing and say ‘no’ to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Our allies at the Sierra Club and other groups have been working with grassroots groups in Kansas for weeks to get concerned citizens to the hearings. They’ve organized a tele-training for this Friday, September 23, with helpful advice for hearing attendees, including rideshares and day-of instructions.
RSVP today and we’ll send you more information about how you can connect to activists and community members attending the hearing near you.
Stand with your neighbors to protect your air and water. Sign up to attend the hearing today.
For an oil-free, justice-fueled future,
Dirty fuels campaigner, Friends of the Earth
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