This letter is being sent to many groups in Canada and the United States and groups are being asked to sign it.
September 26, 2012
Statement on the Brutal Treatment of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Protestors in Texas
Members of Texas Law Enforcement and TransCanada CEO Russ Girling:
We the under-signed U.S. and Canadian organizations and First Nation leaders have learned that while protesting the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, two US citizens over the course of five hours were repeatedly tasered, pepper sprayed and subjected to prolonged stress positions by the Wood County, Texas sheriffs office with TransCanada personnel also on hand.
We object in the most strenuous terms to this brutal treatment of peaceful protestors, who are trying to protect their land and families from a dangerous and unnecessary project.
Regardless of our views on civil disobedience, there is not an inch of daylight between our views and those of the protesters on the dangers of this tar sands pipeline. Keystone XL threatens the health and livelihoods of families with tar sands oil spills and is part of an industry that threatens communities with extreme weather. Tar sands oil undermines our clean energy choices.
These protests are part of rising, legitimate public concern with tar sands and tar sands pipelines. People who are moved to peacefully express their opposition must not be subject to abuse or any type of violence.
We are watching events in Texas closely and we expect humane and respectful treatment of any further protestors.
Climate Action Network Canada
Energy Action Coalition
Labor Network for Sustainability