Last week marked the two year anniversary of the pipeline break in Michigan that spilled over one million gallons of tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River–coating at least 1,500 turtles in sticky, toxic oil.
Today, even as the oil is still being cleaned up, Big Oil is aggressively pushing plans to pipe more and more dirty tar sands oil through the United States. One of the most dangerous threats is the Keystone XL pipeline–which would send massive amounts of tar sands oil through America’s heartland–putting swift foxes, endangered whooping cranes and many more wildlife at risk for a similar catastrophe.
The deadline is TONIGHT to send a message to the U.S. State Department–please add your voice for swift foxes today!
In South Dakota, swift foxes are making a comeback after experiencing huge population declines due to destruction and fragmentation of their prairie habitat over the years.
But now, they are facing a new challenge–the Keystone XL pipeline–which would bring dirty tar sands oil right through their habitat.
Speak up for imperiled swift foxes today–tell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to stop the dangerous Keystone XL pipeline.
The U.S. State Department will soon begin reviewing a request to build the northern segment of Keystone XL, which would transport toxic tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska.
From the pipeline rupture in Michigan two years ago that dumped one million gallons of tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River, to the major spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River last year, it has become clear that transporting this toxic oil can have disastrous consequences for wildlife and people.
Besides putting swift fox habitat at risk from leaks or breaks in the pipeline, the Keystone XL would amplify the impacts that the foxes–which now only occupy half of their historic range–are already feeling from habitat destruction and climate change.
The deadline for public comments is July 30th–please take action today to protect swift foxes and many more wildlife from dirty tar sands oil. In 2010, the Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada filed a request to build a 2,000-mile pipeline from Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Following the opposition raised by hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens across the U.S., in January, President Obama denied the pipeline request.
Now, TransCanada is back with a new request to move forward with a revised route for the northern section of the pipeline. But this “new” route has only been shifted a few miles to the east and does not solve the problems raised by the original route that President Obama rejected.
The revised route would still cross vital wildlife habitat and water resources, expand habitat-destroying tar sands operations in Canada, and accelerate climate change.
Tell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the revised Keystone XL pipeline route carries the same unacceptable risks for wildlife.
Thanks for all you do to protect wildlife. Sincerely,
Sue Brown Executive Director, NWF Action Fund firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @wildlifeaction Join us on Facebook
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