Friday, 7 October 2011

TODAY: Native Delegation opposes Keystone Pipeline in DC

Native Delegation opposes Tarsands in Copenhagen.
US Tribes and Canadian First Nations Unified in Opposition to Keystone XL Pipeline

By Indigenous Environmental Network
Posted at Censored News

WASHINGTON -- Native American leaders from the US and First Nations leaders from Canada, along with grassroots members and the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), met with United States Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones today.

They traveled to Washington DC to voice concerns on the Canadian company TransCanada, and its proposed Keystone XL pipeline. If approved, the 1,700-mile, 36-inch pipeline would carry 900,000 barrels per day of dirty tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Concern over the US government's duty to consult with Tribes was a major issue brought forward in the meeting. Tribes expressed grave concern over the violation of the trust relationship between the US government and Tribes because of the lack of meaningful consultation.

Other questions and concerns brought up included the safety of the Mni Wiconi Rural Water pipeline, which provides drinking water fr [...]

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