stop the keystone xl pipeline









We began from Dził Naa’oo’diłth’ii walking over 200 miles to reach Tsoodził! This journey has shown us both the destruction of our homeland in the Eastern Agency as well as the resiliency and beauty of our land and our people. We have moved one step after the other for our ancestors, family, communities, youth, future generations, and mother earth. As Indigenous Diné youth, we seek to restore hozho. This is the first complete chapter in a four part series of Nihígaal bee Iiná (Our Journey for Existence)!

I just turned in my paper on "Why we should stop The Keystone XL Pipeline" Mr. Ian Somerhalder would be proud:)

Not that anyone will read this but just incase you want to here it is:

The Keystone XL Pipeline is putting our environment in danger. The pipeline is stretched from Alberta, Canada to The Gulf of Mexico; it is a total of 2,000 miles long. The pipeline is for clearing crude from Canada to The Gulf. The pipeline is planned to be expanded unless President Obama chooses otherwise. This is his choice because the pipeline crosses the U.S. - Canadian border, therefore gives us a chance to deny the expansion that is causing Global Warming.

There is 400 gallons of water wasted every day, for separating bitumen for sand, silt, and clay.  90% of this water is dumped into large tailing ponds, after its used. These ponds are home to toxic sludge and full of harmful substances [cyanide, ammonia] which has worked its way into clean water supplies. With the tar sands oil spill that occurred in the Yellowstone River only a month behind us we should not forget too quickly the dangers that tar sands oil can have on our environment. Nor should we sit back and allow the oil industry or the administration to make poor decisions that will impact our environment for decades to come. Tar sands oil production is one of the most destructive strip mining techniques on earth and results in deforestation, habitat loss, ground water contamination, pillaging of native lands, and three times the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere than that of traditional oil.

The Keystone XL pipeline will carry toxic tar sands oil 1,700 miles from Alberta, Canada through the middle of the US heartland on its way to the Gulf. The pipeline would cross the massive Ogallala aquifer, which supplies drinking water in 8 US states, and irrigation for millions of acres of farmland that supply the nation’s food. Ian Somerhalder, Founder of The Ian Somerhalder Foundation* recently said, “Look at the Environmental Implications, Look at the amount of Jobs that maybe created from this thing, will pale in comparison to the money its gonna cost to clean up all the spills this thing will have. 12 spills in the first year, We DON’T need it!” ISF believes that the global problems and challenges we are facing are infinitely interconnected and co-dependent, therefore our solutions and actions must be enacted in an interconnected manner.

So if this pipeline gets put in, its not only going to cost more money than the government has and just put us further in debt. It will cause more harm to the oceans  because it will pollute our beaches with tar sand from where the thousands of gallons of tar has leaked from this pipeline which will result in all the animals that are going into extinction because of previous spills just to get worse and possibly die off completely.  

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The President Should Not Only Veto the Keystone XL Pipeline but Stop it Permanently

The President says he’ll veto the Keystone XLpipeline. He should do more, and put an end to the project altogether. He has the authority. Oil from Alberta’s tar sands is the dirtiest in the world – causing not just serious environmental damage when it’s extracted but also when and if it leaks out along its route from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Please tell the White House to veto it permanently.

Many groups that oppose the Keystone XL pipeline also want, more broadly, to stop pollution-heavy extraction of crude from Canada’s oil sands. They point to canceled or delayed projects as success.

Environmentalists Push To Keep Canadian Crude In The Ground

Photo credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Caption: An excavator loads a truck with oil sands at the Suncor mine near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada in 2009. Environmental groups that oppose oil sands mining have pointed to delayed and canceled projects as a sign of recent success.

Senate Democrats, by a single vote, stopped legislation that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, one of the most fractious and expensive environmental battles of the Obama presidency.

The vote represented a victory for the environmental movement, but the fight had taken on larger dimensions as a proxy war between Republicans, who argued that the project was vital for job creation and President Obama, who had delayed a decision on building it.

Senator Mary Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana, who is facing a runoff election Dec. 6 had pleaded with her colleagues throughout the day, leading to a rare suspense-filled roll call in the Senate but she was rebuffed and fell short by one. The bill was defeated 59-41, with Landrieu needing 60 votes to proceed.