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Keeping The Keystone Pipeline At Bay Near The Rive
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) This morning Iowans across the eastern part of the state set out to oppose the Keystone Pipeline project. In Cedar Rapids, they took to the river as part of the National Day of action.
"The theme of the 350.org event is called 'draw the line,' and it's basically to bring about awareness of the Keystone Pipeline, said Iowa Climate Advocates Cheryl Valenta.
The pipeline is owned by TransCanada, an energy infrastructure company, and already runs from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska transporting crude oil. The group opposes and addition to the existing structure that would extend all the way to Texas.
"The pipeline is a huge investment in what we would call dirty energy, said concerned citizen Kate Hogg.
The group says its worried about the environmental danger that would come from potential leaks in the pipeline which could contaminate water supplies. Not to mention the additional damage that they say comes from the continued use of fossil fuels.
"There's clean, renewable energy sources that are out there that we need to get around and we need to support, said Valenta.
The group says they picked the part of the Cedar River near the 16th Avenue Bridge because the low water levels show the negative effects of climate change. They say if the pipeline gets built, those effects will only get worse.
"We're standing on the deck of the Titanic and saying, 'Oh, I wish we could turn the direction of the boat, said Hogg.
Some residents say it comes down to individual communities to look out for the environment, and not depend on large corporations that really are looking at just their bottom line and the short-term benefits of their profits for today, said volunteer Bruce Bachmann.