|Debra White Plume, Lakota from Pine Ridge, tells the 'Great White Father' Obama that the Lakota Nation has not given "free, prior and informed consent" for this pipeline to poison Mother Earth. Photo by Rocky Kistner/NRDC|
|In Washington during the final hearing on Keystone pipeline.|
Photo Tar Sands Action
|Sleeping in the State Department|
to make sure big oil didn't hijack the final hearing on the Keystone Pipeline.
Photo Josh Lopez/Tar Sands Action
WASHINGTON -- A delegation of Native Americans and First Nations spoke out against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, after dozens of pipeline opponents spent the night on the floor of the US State Department so that big oil would not be able to hijack the final hearing and place dollars and dirty oil over the need to protect the water and earth for future generations.
Watch the hearing, by way of C-Span, and listen to Debra White Plume, Lakota from Pine Ridge, S.D.; George Poitras, former Chief of the Mikisew Cree First Nation; Regional Chief George Stanley, Frog Lake Cree, Alberta; Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus; Marty Cobenais of the Indigenous Environmental Network and Pat Spears, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, representing the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy.
Deborah White Plume of the Lakota Nation said the pipeline would cross hundreds of rivers and put her community at risk. “Just say no to a pipeline that is against mother earth and sacred water.”
Quote from Rocky Kistner's blog:
Also see today's New York Times:
Pipeline Review Is Faced With Question of Conflict
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL and DAN FROSCH
The department allowed TransCanada, the company seeking permission to build the 1,700-mile pipeline from the oil sands of northern Alberta to the Gulf Coast in Texas, to solicit and screen bids for the environmental study. At TransCanada’s recommendation, the department hired Cardno Entrix, an environmental contractor based in Houston, even though it had previously worked on projects with TransCanada..." http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/08/science/earth/08pipeline.html?_r=1&smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto
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