Center for Biological Diversity

Ask Your Senators to Oppose Keystone XL

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In January President Barack Obama rightly denied a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. But Big Oil and its congressional allies aren't giving up. Senate Republicans are now pushing an amendment to a transportation bill that would reverse the president's decision and grant immediate approval to the pipeline

If built, Keystone XL would transport dirty tar-sands oil 1,700 miles across six states and hundreds of water bodies, posing an unacceptable risk for spills. An existing pipeline, Keystone 1, has already leaked 14 times since it started operating in June 2010, including one spill that dumped 21,000 gallons of tar-sands crude. Another pipeline spilled 800,000 gallons into the Kalamazoo River.
 
This tar-sands pipeline, or any other, should never be built. Please write to your senator and ask that any legislation containing approval of Keystone XL get the axe.

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More information on tar-sands oil: Strip mining of oil from Alberta's tar sands has already destroyed tens of thousands of acres of boreal forest and polluted hundreds of millions of gallons of water from the Athabasca River, creating toxic ponds so large they can be seen from space. Processing and refinement of tar-sands oil produces two to three times more greenhouse gases per gallon than conventional oil and represents a massive new source of fossil fuels, a development leading climate scientist Dr. James Hansen has called "game over" for our ability to avoid climate catastrophe.


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Please take action by March 31, 2012. Action restricted to U.S. residents only.

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Photo of tar-sands processing (c) MacWilliams Kircher Sanders & Partners.

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