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Feb 4, 2014 2:13 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Environmentalists, activists protest in downtown SLO against oil pipeline

Activists against the Keystone XL pipeline spoke up on Monday night in front of the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse. The proposed $7-billion dollar pipeline, built by TransCanada Corp, would carry crude derived from oil sands in Canada to refineries in the United States. Monday night's protest put on by local activists and environmentalists from CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club, and 350.org, was part of a nationwide movement. There were protests happening all day on Monday around the country on this issue. Opponents said the pipeline will transport some of the dirtiest crude oil on the planet, and they said it could ruin the climate and endanger communities where the pipeline would run through. The pipeline is expected to go through states like Kansas, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota. Last Friday, the US State Department put out a report that said the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project would have a minimal impact on the environment. Now the project lies in the hands of President Barack Obama whether to approve it, but the report sets no deadline for doing so. TransCanada describes the pipeline as a critical project for the energy security of the united states. Activists at the protest, however, said the pipeline will be a huge source of carbon pollution and clearly fails the climate test set by President Obama.

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