TransCanada, one of the largest companies involved in tar sands exploration, has proposed a 1,661 mile, 36-inch extension of the newly built Keystone Pipeline from Alberta, Canada to oil refineries of the United States. This "Keystone XL Pipeline" would expand the capacity for refining oil produced from Alberta tar sands by approximately one million barrels per day.
The Tar Sands are the most environmentally devastating project on earth, involving extracting oil from a mix of clay and other materials, from underneath Canada’s Boreal forest. The refining process is complex and very energy intensive.
President Barack Obama will decide as early as September whether to approve the pipeline.
From August 20th to September 3rd, thousands of Americans -- including Bill McKibben, Danny Glover, and NASA’s Dr. James Hansen -- will be at the White House, day after day, demanding that Obama reject this tar sands nightmare.
See www.tarsandsaction.org for full information.
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The Dene First Nation is fighting another proposed tar sands pipeline that would threaten their territory within the boundaries of Canada.