February 6, 2016

Encampment in Washington D.C. protests Keystone XL pipeline

Leaders of a state advocacy group are joining Native Americans and farmers and ranchers from Nebraska in Washington D.C. this week to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Ben Gotschall is spokesman for BOLD Nebraska and says members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance rode horses into the nation’s capitol on Tuesday to kick-off their demonstration and to speak out for the environment.

Gotschall says, “A weeklong series of events will end with a group of folks presenting a teepee to the Smithsonian museum, dedicated to President Obama’s committment to protecting the environment.”

He says they’re hoping to draw more national attention to the potentially catastrophic environmental damage from the Tar Sands pipeline with their very visible protest.

“It’ll be a weeklong encampment on the National Mall of tribal leaders and farmers and ranchers,” Gotschall says. “It’ll get some attention. There’s not often a teepee camp in the nation’s capitol.”

Now that the comment period has been extended on the pipeline, Gotschall is hoping they’ll be able to convince others to join them in their opposition to TransCanada’s project.

By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton

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