From Robert Shaw of 350maine.org
Vigils around Maine to Protest XL Keystone Pipeline
Keystone XL State Environmental Impact Statement Is Out
The State Department released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on Keystone XL, starting the official countdown to a final decision by President Obama on the pipeline. Big Oil hand-picked the reviewers of the pipeline, which means the report avoids taking a stand on the pipeline’s climate impacts―leaving the ball entirely in President Obama’s court. As always, he has all the evidence he needs to reject the pipeline.
The last State Department FEIS about Keystone XL (KXL) in 2011 was released during two weeks of protest just outside the White House that grew to the arrests of 1,253 people―15 of them from Maine. That action grew to many actions across the country, which grew to a historic rally that surrounded the White House and forced President Obama to delay the pipeline, keeping millions of barrels of oil in the ground and millions of dollars out of the hands of Big Oil. Keystone XL (KXL) is a critical piece in Big Oil’s plan to dig up and burn all of the tar sands. Big Oil wants us to believe that this FEIS means this fight is over.We know it’s just beginning.
Let’s Light the Night with Our Resolve to Keep Fighting KXL: Vigils Around Maine.350 Mainers know by experience that the only time we can count on President Obama is when we have him surrounded, so it’s up to us to pump up the pressure from all sides. 350.org, Sierra Club, Environment Maine and many others are calling for vigils on Monday night (February 3) and 350 Maine nodes are answering the call. These vigils are our opportunity to show Obama and Big Oil our resolve to resist and our disappointment in this broken process. Here are the vigils we know about now:
Auburn―5:30 p.m. at Festival Plaza
Bangor―5:00 p.m. by the Bangor Public Library
Belfast―5:00 p.m. on the Route 1 bridge over the Passy for more information and to RSVP go to http://bit.ly/1dWp9ic
Brunswick―5:00 p.m. on The Green on Main Street
Portland―5:30 p.m. in Monument Square
Waterville―4:15 p.m. at the intersection of Elm and Silver Streets
York – working with our Portsmouth friends―6:00 p.m. at Market Square, Portsmouth, NH
Where Big Oil sees a pipeline route, we see homes, and farmland.
Where Big Oil sees an export facility, we see a community struggling to breathe.
Where Big Oil sees an oil patch, we see a boreal forest and the violation of treaties.
Where Fossil Fuel Corporations see a bottom line, we see our future on the line.
Save the Date!
Climate Solutions Expo, Rally & Summit
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Augusta Civic Center