Keystone XL Pipeline protesters gather in DC

5:26 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Friday morning, over 50 activists were blockading the elevator entrances to a building in Northwest D.C.

Police arrested 55 of the activists/demonstrators for unlawful entry. 

The people were protesting the KXL Oil Pipeline outside the Environmental Resources Management Office.

ERM is the lead consultant contracted by the State Department to assess the environmental impacts of Transcanada's Keystone XL pipeline. 

"Activists have occupied ERM's office building in an effort to expose ERM's corruption and conflicts of interest in having contractual relationships with Big Oil. They are demanding that the State Department's final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) of Keystone XL be fair, balanced, and free from the influence of the fossil fuel industry," officials said.

The protests are being facilitated by 350.org's "Summer Heat" along with the Walk for our Grandchildren and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. 

Arrests are expected soon.



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