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Rally to protect our water from Keystone XL!
October 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
For over a decade, farmers, ranchers, indigenous communities, and everyday folks have banded together to prevent the Keystone XL pipeline from threatening our water, land, and climate. And, for over a decade, we have been WINNING!
However, the fight to protect our communities from this dangerous, Canadian-owned, tar sands pipeline continues. We are at a critical juncture once again as the State Department has just issued a new Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). This SEIS will be used to justify NEW PERMITS from the Bureau of Land Management and the Army Corps of Engineers as they seek to push this unsafe project forward. We cannot let that happen!
The State Department is only holding ONE public event in the entire nation, and it is here in BILLINGS on October 29! This is our only opportunity to voice our concerns to the federal government.
Please join us at 4 PM on Tuesday, October 29, for a rally before the meeting. Join like-minded folks from across the region! We will have speakers from multiple states describing their on-the-ground experience working to protect their communities from this dangerous tar sands pipeline.
LOCATION & TIMES:
Rally to Protect our Water from KXL
Billings Hotel & Convention Center
1223 Mullowney Ln
Billings, MT 59101
RALLY: 4 to 4:30 PM outside the Convention Center.
PUBLIC MEETING: The State Department will be inside the building accepting public comments from 4:30 to 7:30 PM.
Those wishing to organize or participate in carpools to the rally can visit this link to coordinate: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/et5d9a
Can’t make it to the rally but want to take action? Use the talking points below to submit public comments to the State Department!
Tell the State Department that this current analysis DOES NOT properly evaluate the risks the Keystone XL pipeline poses to our rivers and our climate. Below are some details to help with your comments.
Specific problems with this SEIS:
- Downplays the climate pollution and climate impacts of tar sands oil carried by the Keystone XL pipeline
- Minimizes the risks to the Missouri River, a waterway which functions as the lifeblood to the impacted region
- The KXL pipeline would cross the Missouri River directly below the Fort Peck Dam spillway, which dramatically increases the risk for “scour erosion” of the riverbed due to the volume and velocity of water released by the dam. Over time, this erosion is likely to expose the buried pipe making a leak virtually inevitable. We have seen this happen with other pipeline spills, including here in Montana on the Yellowstone River.
- The KXL pipeline would cross the Missouri River upstream from the water intake for the Fort Peck reservation, which provides drinking water to that community and others in northeastern Montana (up to 30,000 people.) The SEIS significantly downplays the risks to these communities if a spill were to occur.
- The KXL pipeline would cross the Missouri River immediately upstream from the water intake used for regional agricultural purposes. The risks to these water users is minimized in this SEIS.
- The leak detection system used by the Keystone XL pipeline cannot detect small “pinhole” leaks. Even these leaks can result in thousands of gallons of tar sand oil leaking every day.