The pipeline that just wouldn’t die seems to be being built piece by piece, and activists there are risking injury and arrest to stop it.
“I want to be able to tell my children that I did something when the time came. I’m willing to take risks today to raise awareness of this horrible situation – even if that means being away from my children in jail for a day.” – R.C. Saldaña-Flores (pictured here locked down to construction equipment).
The activists participating in the ongoing effort to disrupt, and hopefully stop the pipeline have issued a call for jail support as part of their account of today’s action.
The Keystone XL pipeline has been repeatedly blocked through the courts, environmental review process, and State Department, but construction continues to press on in places. The pipeline would, if completed bring tar sands oil from Alberta, CA down to refineries along the gulf coast of Texas, accelerating environmental damage and contaminating water supplies where the mining takes place, and risking contamination of thousands of miles of pipeline route, including wilderness areas and pristine waterways.