Blog : Rally Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

By Sarah Mahoney | Jan 13, 2015 | in

Interested in taking a stand in the fight against climate change? A "Reject Keystone XL - Now" rally against construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline will occur in Market Square in Portsmouth on January 13th, 2015. Rallies against the pipeline will take place throughout the country on the same night, with the rally in Portsmouth being the only one scheduled in New Hampshire. There are many contrasting views of the projected pipeline, comprising of individuals as well as environmental organizations. The main concern is the high risk of oil spills that could follow the construction of the pipeline, as well as the contribution to the already existing problem of climate change.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is an anticipated extension of the pipeline that extends from Alberta, Canada to Cushing, Oklahoma, and then to the Gulf of Mexico. TransCanada, a Canadian company, has came up with the solution of building a larger-capacity and more direct link to the existing pipeline from Alberta, which is now known as the Keystone XL.

Rallies have taken place across the country in opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline for several reasons, with the main concern being the risk of dangerous leaks along the 1,700-mile route. Despite objections from property owners, this pipeline will most likely intrude on property rights and runs the risk of leaks at any given point.

An additional objection to the Keystone XL Pipeline is that since oil shipped through the new pipe would come from Canadian tar sands, this project will further encourage the burning of fossil fuels and contribute to climate change. Individuals and environmental organizations argue that tar sands as a fuel source are worse for the environment and have more detrimental impacts in comparison to conventional oil drilling techniques and use. To take a stand against the Keystone XL Pipeline, join fellow Seacoast environmental activists and stop by the "Reject Keystone XL - Now" rally in Market Square to let your voice be heard!

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