Press Release: Activists hold vigils across Kansas to stop Keystone XL Pipeline and urge Obama to reject.

MEDIA ADVISORY
February 3, 2014
Contact:  Craig Wolfe, 913-299-4474, info@kansas.sierraclub.org

Activists to Hold Vigil in Cities Across Kansas, Including Kansas City, Topeka, and Wichita on Monday Urging President Obama to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Vigils held by Environmental Groups Across Kansas in Response to
Final Environmental Review

Local activists will participate in protest vigils across Kansas (see below) on Monday, February 3 at 6:00 PM CST, calling on President Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following the release of the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. The Keystone XL pipeline will be a huge source of carbon pollution and clearly fails the climate test set by President Obama.

The event is part of a national campaign led by the Sierra Club, 350.ORG, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Hip Hop Caucus, and CREDO, among a host of other organizations, calling on the president to keep his commitment to keep his commitment to reduce carbon pollution and reject the pipeline.

WHAT:  Protest vigil urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline following the release of the State Department’s new environmental assessment. Activists will hold candles, signs and chant against the pipeline.

WHO:     Local activists with 350.ORG, the Sierra Club, and CREDO.

WHEN:  Monday, February 3 at 6:00 PM CST
WHERE:
Kansas City:
J. C. Nichols Fountain on the Plaza, 1 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Topeka: Kansas Expocentre, 1901 Southwest Topeka Boulevard, Topeka, KS 66612

Wichita: Kansas Policy Institute, 240 N. Water, Wichita, KS 67202

Keystone XL is a tar sands pipeline that would transport dirty and abrasive diluted bitumen from Alberta Canada, and across American soil for export. The vigil in Kansas City is part of a campaign to stop the pipeline from ruining the climate and endangering communities along the proposed pipeline route.  “The Keystone pipeline carries the equivalent each year of 37.7 million cars’ annual emissions,” says Craig Wolfe, Kansas Chapter Communications Director. “Renewable energy, not digging up more carbon fossil fuels, needs to be our focus.”

This tar sands vigil has a special resonance for the region because an Enbridge tar sands pipeline route will run through the southern part of metro-KC and through southeast Kansas. On Thursday, January 30, the Sierra Club and fifteen other groups asked the State Department to revise its Keystone review, saying that Keystone XL and Enbridge’s proposed expansion of the Alberta Clipper pipeline should be reviewed together to account for their combined impact on climate disruption.

(See http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-30/keystone-foes-say-two-pipelines-are-worse-than-one.html .)

See online press release showing maps for oil pipelines:
http://kansas.sierraclub.org/press-release-activists-hold-vigils-across-kansas-to-stop-keystone-xl-pipeline-and-urge-obama-to-reject/

 

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