The Environmental Controversation Of The Keystone XL Pipeline

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The Keystone XL Pipeline is the proposed last segment of the greater Keystone Pipeline project owned by TransCanada which would run from Hardisty, Alberta (in Canada) to Steele City, Nebraska. The proposed pipeline would carry oil sands from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast (Cama and Wilson 14).This pipeline would utilize a bitumen-harvesting process which is more environmentally damaging and less efficient than the tradition oil drilling process. Additionally, the pipeline has been controversial due to the environmental hazards tin its operation (Issitt). One of the major groups of protestors to the Keystone Pipeline are Native American Tribes including the Northern Arapaho Tribe, Yankton Sioux Tribe, and Blackfeet tribe. Their feelings of opposition are so strong that the president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Cyril Scott, declared that the approval of such a pipeline would be, “an act of war against our people” (Cama and Wilson 18). Among other concerns, the tribes feel that the pipeline impinges on their water rights, damages their sacred land, as well as disregards the American treaty (Cama and Wilson 14). There are also negative economic implications of this pipeline to Nebraskan farmers …show more content…
The protestors are standing in straight, organized lines. Their feet are spread apart in a wide stance. Several people have their fists raised in the air. The expression on the protestors faces is fierce and determined. There are several individuals in their native gear and several people are raising Native American flags. There are two signs with the same message, “President Obama: Protect Our Sacred Water. Protect our Sacred Land.” The protest is clearly in Washington, DC as the capitol building can be seen in the background

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