Youth Activists to Rally Against Reckless Pipeline Expansion Outside Milwaukee Democratic Debate
Activists from across the Great Lakes oppose Enbridge’s Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline expansion scheme
Next week, as the Democratic presidential candidates prepare for their next debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, they will be greeted by a crowd of citizens from across the Great Lakes region calling on them to oppose the expansion of the Enbridge Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline and condemn the backroom deal conducted between Enbridge and the State Department that has allowed the expansion to move forward without environmental review.
The pipeline, which crosses the U.S./Canada border and is therefore subject to the same environmental review process as the controversial Keystone XL was, carries dirty, climate-polluting tar sands crude through Minnesota and Wisconsin. Enbridge has effectively doubled the capacity of the pipeline without going through the legally required review process, all with the consent of the State Department.
A recent decision in federal court ruled that the court did not have the authority to intervene, leaving it up to President Barack Obama – or the next president – to reverse this decision and reject Enbridge’s permit for the expansion. Since both candidates expressed opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, it stands to reason that they should oppose Alberta Clipper as well.
Cassie Steiner, a staff member with the Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter and recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and the lead coordinator of next week’s event, said, “Given Enbridge’s poor record of spills and the risks to our community, our waterways and our global climate, we must demand the rejection of the presidential permit that would approve the Alberta Clipper expansion, and we must continue to fight the broader pipeline expansion plans that Enbridge is pursuing. Enbridge must be held accountable for the risks these plans present to our safety and our environment. We are calling on our presidential candidates to oppose the Alberta Clipper pipeline expansion and to assure a rejection of the presidential permit if elected.”
WHAT: Activists rally against reckless pipeline expansion outside Milwaukee Democratic debate, call on candidates to oppose Enbridge’s Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline expansion scheme
WHO: Youth from across the Great Lakes region
WHEN: Thursday, February 11, 6pm-8pm CST
WHERE: Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts – 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211
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