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    Take Action Now On the US Tar Sands Pipeline
    • Comment on the U.S.Department of State website until June 16, 2010.
    • Attend one of the U.S. Department of State hearings in Texas. At these hearings you will be able to voice your concerns about the environmental impacts that the construction of this pipeline will have to our water, land and air. 


    Date and Time



    Monday, May 3, 2010
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Durant, Oklahoma

    Holiday Inn Express Hotel
    613 University Place
    Durant, OK 74701

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Stroud, Oklahoma

    Best Western Stroud Motor Lodge
    1200 N 8th Ave
    Stroud, OK 74079

    Monday, May 17, 2010
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Beaumont, Texas

    American Legion Hall #817
    3430 W. Cardinal Drive

    Beaumont, TX 77705

    Tuesday, May 18, 2010
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Liberty, Texas

    VFW Hall
    1520 N Main St.
    Liberty, TX 77575

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Livingston, Texas

    Livingston Junior High School
    1801 Highway 59 Loop N
    Livingston, TX 77351

    Thursday, May 20, 2010
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Tyler, Texas

    Ramada Hotel and Conference Center
    3310 Troup Highway SE Loop 323 & Hwy 110
    North, Tyler, TX 75701

    Tar Sands and Texas

    Tar Sands is Dirty Oil

    • Tar sands oil emits three times more greenhouse gases during production than conventional gasoline
    • About three barrels of water are polluted and dumped in toxic pools (called tailing ponds) for every barrel of oil produced.
    • Tar sands extraction requires strip mining huge tracts of pristine forest. An area the size of Florida is slated for extraction.
    • The project harms the lives and health of indigenous people living downstream from the tar sands operations and has been connected to high rates of rare cancers, renal failure, lupus, and hyperthyroidism in the area.

    The Keystone XL Pipeline 

    • Producing the oil for this pipeline will emit 11million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, even before it gets to the U.S. for refining. This equals the annual emissions of 2.7 million cars.
    • The pipeline will travel more than 1,700 miles through farmland and fragile ecosystems, such as the Missouri River. Pipeline breaks are not uncommon, as seen in January 2010, when a pipeline in North Dakota spilled 126,000 gallons of oil into the surrounding area. 
    • TransCanada plans to use thin pipe and pump oil at pressures that exceed the normal allowable limits. The company is seeking a special permit to operate at this pressure from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. 
    • By connecting tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast, the Keystone XL will make our nation’s fuels dirtier and undermine the clean energy solutions we need to avert catastrophic climate change. 

    What We Can Do 

    • The U.S. Department of State will be hosting hearings in Texas May 17th - May 20th in Beaumont, Liberty, Livingston, and Tyler. At these hearings you will be able to voice your concerns about the environmental impacts that the construction of this pipeline will have to our water, land and air. 
    • You can also comment on the U.S. Department of State website until June 16, 2010.

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