Over a hundred people protesting outside the White House against a controversial oil pipeline system in Canada and the United States were detained.
The U.S. Department of State received an application from TransCanada Corp. on May 4, 2012, for a proposed pipeline project – called Keystone XL – that would run from the Canadian border to Steele City in Nebraska.
While its advocates claim blocking pipelines will discourage development of a region where oil is abundant, environmentalists argue that the completion of the project will have dire consequences.
A notice was published by the Federal Register earlier in February this year that invited members of the public to comment on any factor – including energy security, health, environmental, cultural, economic, and foreign policy – deemed relevant before the application of the proposition was sent to President Obama. The deadline for suggestions is March 7, 2014.
Keystone XL opponents argue that the project can have grave consequences on the environment such as oil spills along the pipeline, higher greenhouse gas emissions and contamination of water reservoirs, supplies. It is also considered harmful for the wildlife in the areas surrounding the pipeline.
Holding banners saying "climate justice now", protesters tried to convince President Obama to reject the proposition this week.
Here are some images from the protests:
Symbolic oil spill outside Sec. Kerry's residence; protest against Keystone pipeline in DC. pic.twitter.com/tujIrnybHn— M. Scott Mahaskey (@smahaskey) March 2, 2014
Images From: Reuters