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April 24, 2013

More Than 1,000 Turn Out to Speak Against Keystone XL

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Last week in Grand Island, Nebraska, despite terrible snowy weather, more than 1,000 people showed up for the State Department Keystone XL hearing.

People lined up at 7am to get on the testimony list and attendees estimated that fewer than 20 spoke in favor of the massive proposed dirty tar sands pipeline. Sierra Club and allies received RSVPs from 18 states! People affected by the 2010 tar sands spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and by the recent tar sands spill in Arkansas also showed up to speak.


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"It was such an incredible day. We spent several hours in outside in line in a snowstorm as buses of activists rolled in," said Deputy Beyond Oil Director Kate Colarulli.

"The testimony was so powerful - I choked up at several times as person after person talked about why they had driven for hours to stand up an oppose the pipe and tar sands. We had such a diversity of speakers. The crowd stood for each speaker from our side and held arm bands in solidarity against our opponents."
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Those who could not get to the hearing could watch online via Storify, where organizers posted photos, tweets, and quotes from throughout the day. Check it out!
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Here are some of the most powerful quotes from the testimony that day:

"We want to save our lives, our crops, our animals."

Hearing1"We need clean water to produce the food for our families and neighbors."

"When the bulldozers come, we'll be there to say no...not on our land, not in our water, not in our country."

"We the people will not allow this pipeline to be built. Read my lips, this pipeline will not be built."

"Titanic was state-of-the-art. That doesn't give me comfort to know that this project is state of the art."

"This pipeline makes sense to no one, except those who are profiting from it. And they already have plenty of our money."
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Monday night at 11:59pm was the deadline to submit comments on Keystone XL to the State Department, and the coalition of groups opposed to the dirty pipeline report that their efforts helped get more than one million people to comment. The Sierra Club alone helped generate more than 170,000 comments.

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