5 Power Brokers Who’ll Determine the Fate of the Keystone XL Pipeline and Our Future

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/environment/5-power-brokers-wholl-determine-fate-keystone-xl-pipeline-and-our-future

These are the people who may be holding our future in their hands.

By Tara Lohan
January 31, 2013

This article was published in partnership with  GlobalPossibilities.org.

On Thursday, visitors to the PipeTech Americas Summit got a speech they weren’t planning on hearing. As employees from pipeline construction companies gathered to discuss new technology and listen to Tom Hamilton, Manager of Quality and Compliance for TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline, talk about safety, Tar Sands Blockader Ramsey Sprague jumped up from the crowd and chained himself to the audio equipment next to the projection screen.

While security tried to figure out how to get him unchained, Sprague gave the crowd an earful of a different sort about TransCanada and pipeline safety. He told them:

TransCanada’s safety record is beyond deplorable …TransCanada’s wanton disregard for the health of our communities is clear from it’s reckless construction practices. I’m taking action today to set the record straight: TransCanada cannot be trusted. There is now clear evidence that Keystone XL is not safe, and I will not stand aside while a multinational corporation poisons Texas communities.

And so the saga continues. Each day it seems, there is another skirmish between opponents and proponents of the pipeline. The date for a final decision on whether or not the pipeline will be allowed to cross the United States’ northern border (construction has already begun on the southern portion of the pipeline), looks like it will still be a few months down the road.

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