Posted on February 13, 2013 at 11:23 am by Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Canada, Keystone XL, Oil Sands, Politics and Policy
Environmental activists — including actress Darryl Hannah, poet laureate Bob Haas, a Texas landowner and climate scientist James Hansen — were arrested at the White House on Wednesday in a bid to convince President Barack Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
The 48 arrested protesters had gathered in front of the east gate of the White House to make their case against the $7 billion project, which would ferry diluted bitumen from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries, potentially expanding the market for oil sands crude harvested in Alberta using more energy-intensive techniques than conventional supplies.
Some handcuffed themselves to the White House fence with cable ties proclaiming “Reject KXL Pipeline.” After blocking a main thoroughfare in front of the White House and rejecting police officers’ requests to move, the activists were arrested.
The activists included Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and other members of the organization, which was for the first time in more than a century endorsing the act of civil disobedience. Other participants were