Really?! No Environmental Impact Statement is being required for the Keystone XL pipeline? This is the most ridiculous manipulation of laws enacted to protect the general public and the environment, in the name of corporate profit I’ve seen yet. It’s appalling. The average citizen doesn’t have a lobbying team that can weasel them out of following the laws that govern us all. Why do corporations and oil companies get to do it? Thank goodness 12,000 people showed up in DC, and thousands more across the country. But it shouldn’t be necessary in a country that espouses the rule of law. What happened to equal protection under the law? Why am I no longer protected and guaranteed the right to an EIS when huge corporations stand to pollute my air and water and health? When and why did the US government decide to place corporate profits above human health?
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The deadline for the review of TransCanada’s permits for the Gulf Coast portion of the Keystone XL pipeline was Monday, June 25, at the Texas Army Corp of Engineers Galveston office and without any finalization of review, those permits will be automatically granted to the corporation - thanks to President Obama’s announcement that he would expedite the southern leg of the pipeline in Cushing, Oklahoma, back in March.
The permits for the pipeline’s construction are being automatically granted under the Nationwide Permit 12 protocol, or NWP 12. The permits do not need an environmental impact statement to accompany them, according to this process. That very fact alone endangers more than 631 streams and wetlands that the pipeline will cross in our state. Not only that, but the entire Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, which supplies drinking water for ten to 12 million homes across 60 counties in East Texas, along the pipeline’s path, is threatened with contamination.
The Keystone XL remains key to the expansion of the Alberta tar sands and leading NASA climate scientist James Hansen has called the pipeline “a fuse to the largest carbon bomb on the planet.” According to Hansen, if the carbon stored in the tar sands is released into the atmosphere, it would mean “game over for the climate.”
350.org founder Bill McKibben has worked hard to get Hansen’s message out to the public and to lawmakers in Washington. After more than 1,200 were arrested during the onset of the Tar Sands Action last fall, another 12,000 turned out to surround the White House to tell President Obama that the Keystone XL is not in the nation’s best interest.
That’s why Texas climate justice activists, including myself, are officially announcing the Tar Sands Blockade, an epic action that we have been organizing since the beginning of the year. We’re mostly associated with Rising Tide North Texas, and we’re 100 percent prepared to use nonviolent, direct action to block the pipeline’s construction to protect our home.
Bring it, TransCanada.
Conservative and liberal Texans alike, from Tea Partiers to Republicans, Independents, Democrats and Occupiers all understand that this pipeline isn’t good for Texas. That’s why we’re banding together to stop it.
The impacts of climate change have become devastatingly clear in Texas, where hundreds of wildfires have broken out and caused billions of dollars in damage, eating up habitats belonging to both humans and animals, but TransCanada wants to use up what little water we have left to process one of the most carbon-intensive fossil fuels on the planet, only steepening the effects of warming in our state.
In Alberta, the extraction of one barrel of tar sands crude already takes about four to five barrels of water. In Texas, TransCanada wants to divert and use 86 million gallons of water from surface bodies in Texas for hydrostatic testing and dust control. That’s vital water we need as we’re still under drought conditions.
The tar sands crude has be diluted with what are some known carcinogens and other chemicals that haven’t been disclosed, under extremely high temperatures and pressures to be moved through the pipeline. Those chemicals threaten our wetlands, lakes, rivers, reservoirs and aquifers.
“The pipeline will make TransCanada rich while encroaching on ranch land, poisoning Texas’ working class communities and destroying the environment that makes the Lone Star state so beautiful,” said Tar Sands Blockade spokesperson Ron Seifurt.