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After Obama took a stand against the Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline activists groups warned that Big Oil would work to overturn that decision.
Instead, it's circumventing it.
Before an environmental review can show why it shouldn't, TransCanada plans to build a southern section of the pipeline, from Oklahoma to Texas. Since it won't cross the Canadian border, the State Department's permission is no longer needed.
Apparently, Obama supports it - with conditions. White House Press Secretary Carney told Reuters the President is ready to work with TransCanada to build the pipeline safely and quickly.
But Sierra Club insists the pipeline can't be built safely and would harm millions by contaminating drinking water downstream of the pipeline. TransCanada's plan, it says, is based on "dirty political and PR tricks," along with this new trick to try to build the pipeline piecemeal.
Tell Obama No More Dirty Pipeline Tricks! Stop the Oklahoma-Texas Tar Sands Pipeline.
We, the undersigned, are very disappointed to hear about your support of TransCanada's new plan to build a southern section of it's Tar Sands Keystone XL pipeline.
This announcement from your press secretary, coming just days after Sierra Club said it was "encouraged" by your "continued commitment...to double down on clean energy sources," is even more of a shock.
Sierra Club noted that "there is no better way" to fulfill the goals you outlined in your speech to the University of Miami, "than with a clean energy economy." Certainly this pipeline will not be contributing to this goal. It will NOT be clean.
Not only will it contaminate drinking water for millions of Americans, says Sierra Club, but it will raise American oil prices and likely gas prices.
Furthermore Sierra Club reports that TransCanada has gotten its way this time through an "unprecedented lobbying and public relations effort." In other words, this, like too many other issues, is about money buying political support.
Mr. President, your press secretary says you will "ensure" the "project receives the important assessment it deserves." However Sierra Club claims TransCanada will circumvent US environmental review.
Because, as NRDC claims, the pipeline has potential to cause irrevocable harm, we ask you to apply the Precautionary Principle, which happens to be a statutory requirement in Europe. In other words, TransCanada should have to prove its project will cause no harm before it begins it.
Please, no more dirty pipeline tricks. Stop this Oklahoma to Texas Pipeline.
Thank you for your attention to this very urgent request.