Nebraskan Landowners, Farmers and Concerned Citizens Featured in Day 3 Of White House Sit-in
WASHINGTON, DC — Nebraskans who will be directly impacted by the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline if President Obama approves it are prepared to risk arrest at Day 3 of the Tar Sands Action at the White House. The pipeline would run over the Nebraska Sand Hills, putting fresh water supplies at risk.
Over the first two days of the sit-in, 110 Americans have been arrested. Hundreds more will follow to tell President Obama that they expect him to live up to his promises to protect their clean air, fresh water and safe climate.
One Nebraskan is small business owner Lori Fischer:
“If the government is going to refuse to step up to the responsibility to defend a livable future, I believe that creates a moral imperative for me and many others.
“This is a crucial issue for Nebraskans to speak up loudly and let our government know that the high risk of Keystones dirty tar sands oil transported in fragile pipeline through our priceless Sand Hills overlying the Ogallala Aquifer is not worth the risk. Our land, water, and the future of our children are at stake. I feel our leaders need to take seriously their responsibility to pass on a healthy and just world to the next generation, I am going to Washington to remind them.”
Who: Jane Kleeb of BOLD Nebraska and hundreds of others.
What: Day 3 of the Tar Sands Action, a sit-in at the White House. Sit-ins with approximately 50 people will continue every morning until September 3. A calendar of featured spokespeople and delegations from across the country is listed at tarsandsaction.org/press.
Where: Lafeyette Square Park, facing the White House, before marching over to the White House fence.
When: 10:30 AM, Monday, August 22