Canadian Environmentalists Plan Mass Mobilization Against Tar Sands Pipeline

The Koch Brothers are pulling every string to get approval for the Keystone XL Pipeline in the U.S.  Pollutants aside, it would turn a big profit for Koch Industries.  If you remember, in last year’s negotiations about keeping the middle class tax cuts, it was the last thing that ALEC Alum John Boehner held out for.

The pipeline will be going to Corpus Christi because from there it can be loaded onto ships and exported.  If it were for domestic consumption it could readily be processed at refineries much closer to Canada.

So, the argument is that if we don’t allow the pipeline to be completed then the Canadians will just export it themselves.  Well, it turns out that they don’t want this polluting crapola traversing their country either.

Enbridge Inc. is proposing the pipeline to run from the oil sands to Kitimat, B.C. (CBC)Environmental activists in Canada have announced plans for a mass sit in at the British Columbia legislature to protest the proposed tar sands pipeline. Greenpeace Canada has claimed that the organizers’ goal is to create the “biggest act of civil disobedience” on the tar sands issue in Canada to date.

The action is backed by over 80 community, union, business and First Nation leaders, including Stephen Lewis, David Suzuki, Maude Barlow, Naomi Klein, Tom Goldtooth, David Coles, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, John O’Connor, and Tony Clarke. You can view the full list at

The action, organized under the title Defend Our Coast, seeks to highlight the B.C. and Federal government’s compliance with the oil industry, which is gutting environmental protection laws and has canceled more than 3,000 safety assessments of industrial projects such as the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

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