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September 23, 2011

Dirty Tar Sands Lobbying and Publicity

Pipeline Tar sands oil got even dirtier this week when news broke that Friends of the Earth obtained emails between TransCanada lobbyist Paul Elliott (who was previously a top Hillary Clinton presidential campaign aide) and State Department officials regarding the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.

According to FOE, "the emails provide evidence that the State Department has approached the Keystone XL pipeline review process in a biased way. They are particularly troubling in light of Secretary of State Clinton’s 2010 comment, before the environmental review was complete, that she was 'inclined' to approve the pipeline."

The Washington Post delved into it further this week.

And of course, TransCanada is about to majorly ramp up its PR efforts on Keystone XL. But we like this Letter to the Editor response - here's an excerpt:

What kind of company is it that will voluntarily spend millions of dollars to purchase prime-time television commercials to promote building a pipeline but is not prepared to spend one extra dollar to route their proposed pipeline in such a manner to avoid having to risk the integrity of an irreplaceable economic and life-giving natural resource?

If TransCanada would spend as much money rerouting their proposed bitumen crude oil Keystone XL pipeline to avoid passing through the water-bearing porous Ogallala Formation of the High Plains Aquifer as they do on having slick, classy and attractive propaganda broadcast during prime television and media time, TransCanada could have its pipeline and we would not have to be threatened with the consequences of laying a 36-inch crude-oil-carrying pipeline through water-bearing porous sands and gravels.

Finally, the public hearings on this proposed mess of a pipeline start next week. If there's one in your city, are you going? Check out the list and get ready to speak out against tar sands oil.

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