First Nations Leaders Against Extension Of Oil Sands Pipeline

Canadian Aborigine Leaders Want U.S. To Stop “Dirty Oil” Flow. First Nations leaders have joined the growing clamor against the extension of the oil sands pipeline project from Alberta into the United States. Three Canadian aboriginal leaders were in Washington Monday to lobby against the extension because of the negative impact of the oil sands projects on 30 First Nations communities. The delegation is led by Francois Paulette of Smith’s Landing Treaty 8 First Nation. They are pushing for a stop to the Keystone XL pipeline expansion project and will meet with officials of the State Department, White House environment council, Department of Interior, Canadian embassy and congressional offices as part of their lobby effort. TransCanada, which runs the $1.2 billion pipeline system, started on June 30 the commercial operation of the first phase of the Keystone Pipeline System, which is focused on the conversion of a natural gas pipeline to a crude oil pipeline and construction of a bullet line that would link Alberta to its market hubs in the U.S. Midwest. The second phase would extend the project from Steel City, NE, to Cushing, OK, using 36-inch pipelines and covering 2,673 kilometers (1,661 miles). ((20 SEP 2010))










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