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Environmental Post

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Oil Pipeline Environmentalists Learn FromDon't Ask Don't Tell Activists
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on AUGUST 31, 2011in
 Environmental protestors are taking a page from “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” activists and using theWhiteHouse fence as a stage to make their voices heard against the proposed Keystone
 XL
pipeline.
Environmental protesters have been inundating the White House, staging sit-ins at the famous WhiteHouse fence for over a week. They are determined to make the President stand up and honor hiscampaign promises that he would protect our environment and the people who look to hisleadership. Actress Daryl Hannah lent her name
 
 
 
to the protest yesterday, asshe and more than one hundred others decided an act of civil disobedience was necessary to get theattention of the President, and the People.The Keystone Pipeline currently runs between Alberta, Canada and Oklahoma. With the proposedextension, Keystone
XL
, it would continue down to the Gulf Coast. The environmental groupTar Sands Action, which has organized a series of White House protests through September 3, says the pipeline “willpump 900,000 barrels a day of the world’s dirtiest oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas.”The Environmental Protection Agency (
EPA 
) recently released an environmental and safety analysis,TheFinal Environmental Impact Statement
 
,which was used to determine whether the concerns being raisedover this project had foundation. The analysis mentions the risks of spills and the possible impact on thesurrounding land and water yet pointed to the ability to mitigate and handle those situations effectively.Overall the analysis seemed to dismiss everything these environmentalists have been bringing to the

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