Minnesota’s National Day of Action on Keystone XL and Tar Sands Pipelines: “Hands Across the Land”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 15, 2014

Contact:  Terry Houle, 952-686-1493 (cell), terry99@gmail.com 

Margaret Levin, 612-259-2446, margaret.levin@sierraclub.org

When: Saturday, May 17 – Gather at 11:30 a.m. and join hands at Noon

Where: Lake Street / Marshall Avenue Bridge (meet on the St. Paul side)

What:  Minnesotans will join hands across the Lake Street-Marshall Ave bridge that links the Twin Cities across the Mississippi River, symbolically blocking the proposed expansion of three northern Minnesota pipelines that would cross the Mississippi. Large posters will bring back the memorable “Burma Shave” sign format to highlight creative messaging!

Why: A nationwide day of action to raise awareness and help build the movement against tar sands. Minnesota will host one of the 100+ coordinated events across the country to say “No” to Keystone XL and other dirty fuels and “Yes” to clean energy.  View a national map of events: http://content.sierraclub.org/beyondoil/may-17-national-day-action

Sponsors:  North Star Chapter (Minnesota) of the Sierra Club, MN350 and a long list of national partner organizations.

Three weeks after the powerful “Reject and Protect” encampment in Washington, DC, and two weeks after release of the National Climate Assessment, Americans will take to bridges, beaches, refineries, and government offices to ask the president to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and other dirty fuel projects that threaten our communities and destabilize our climate. Urban, suburban and rural, ordinary citizens will urge our leaders to accelerate the transition to clean energy.

The event follows efforts this week in Minnesota by the oil industry to weaken a House-passed and Governor-supported measure that would provide more safety oversight and better response time for pipeline and railroad explosions and fires arising from the transportation of dirty fuels throughout the state and in the heavily populated Twin Cities area. 

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