The No Tar Sands Oil Coalition

December 07, 2010 15:26 ET

Tar Sands: Top-Ranking Congressmen Warn Secretary Clinton That TransCanada Pipeline Poses "Major Environmental and Public Health Hazards"

Twenty-Eight Senior Congressional Democrats Write to Secretary Clinton Condemning TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline, Urge New Environmental Review

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2010) - Twenty-eight top-ranking house democrats have written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, warning the secretary that the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline poses "...major environmental and public health hazards," and a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement should be conducted, as recommended by the EPA.

Six of the congressmen are appropriations committee members, one is a house chair, and three are in their 10th term or more, including John Lewis who is well known for his work in the Civil Rights movement, and most recently, for winning a Presidential Medal of Honor.

A supplemental Environmental Impact Statement would seriously delay the proposed pipeline and would be a sign of growing opposition. The members write:

"Not only does tar sands oil have a higher life-cycle for greenhouse gas emissions, but it also has an environmentally destructive extraction process and environmentally precarious transportation system."

The letter, which was sent on Dec. 3rd, arrived during an ad campaign sponsored by the No Tar Sands Oil Coalition, calling on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Tar-Sands-Under-Fire-US-Ad-Campaign-Calls-on-President-Obama-To-Reject-TransCanada-Pipeline-1365025.htm

Opposition to the proposed pipeline is growing rapidly: Recently, Nebraska's elected Republican and Democrat Senators came out in vocal opposition to the pipeline and its potential impacts on the Ogallala aquifer in the event of a spill. Earlier this year Representative Waxman (D-CA) and over 50 house members and 11 senators also expressed their opposition to the pipeline.

A copy of the letter can be downloaded here: http://andrewfrank.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Clinton-SEIS-Keystone-Letter-December-2010.pdf

The ads can be viewed & downloaded for broadcast: http://dirtyoilsands.org/dirtyspots/category/keystone_xl/obamas_choice/

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