Forum: Fighting Tar Sands Pipeline in the Midwest

When & Where
Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics
518 Valencia Street @ 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94175
September 29, 2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Big Oil is building a web of oil pipelines and railways throughout the Midwest. Keystone XL, Enbridge and other transportation infrastructure is springing up throughout the region along with a patchwork of refineries. This infrastructure will have a devastating impact on communities, eco-systems and the climate. Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of tar sands crude in a Northern Arkansas community in March. The tragic oil train derailment and explosion, carrying Bakken oil shale, in Lac-Megantic, Quebec destroyed the center of the small Canadian town and killed an estimated 47 people. A recent report suggests that Keystone XL will expand the growth of Canada's oil sands by 36% leading to a boost in carbon emissions. Climatologist James Hanson has called the Keystone XL pipeline "game over" for the climate.

Since 2012, a fierce resistance to the development of oil pipelines and other infrastructure has sprung up in the Midwest and Texas. Texas' Tar Sands Blockade fought TransCanada's Keystone XL project in the woods and trees of East Texas. The Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance continued the work in Oklahoma. Further north, members of the Lakota nation have prepared for action in South Dakota, while groups in Kansas and Nebraska also organize to resist Enbridge and Keystone XL's northern leg. In Michigan, even more action has taken place against tar sands development.

The frontlines against these pipelines are being held by frontline communities, Indigenous communities and informal networks for direct action activists. Rising Tide North America invites you to join us on Sept. 29th for a solidarity event and fundraiser for direct action campaigns in the Midwest against Keystone XL, Enbridge and other extraction related projects.

Event to include:
-Reportback and panel on campaigns to stop the construction of tar sands pipelines in the Midwest.
-Amazing videos of resistance in the Midwest
-Video call-in with folks from Oklahoma and other parts of the Midwest
-Snacks, booze.