Keystone XL Pipeline opponents have carved a massive 80-acre crop drawing in a Nebraska cornfield that sits directly in the path of the proposed project. Farmer Art Tanderup, who owns the land, drove the tractor that created the message based on a design by artists John Quigley and Richard Vollaire. The message reads “Heartland#NoKXL” and features a profile of a cowboy and Indigenous American in solidarity against the pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to Gulf Coast refineries for shipment to China.
Image via Bold Nebraska
With a decision on whether to approve the pipeline nearing, environmentalists and other anti-KXL activists are ramping up the pressure on President Obama to reject the project that they believe threatens Nebraska landowners by potentially contaminating groundwater and polluting the soil.
“We have always been stewards of the land,” Tanderup told the Associated Press. “The soil is very sandy here. Any leak would leach into the Ogallala Aquifer, contaminating our water without any concrete plan to clean up the pollution.”
A group called the Cowboy and Indian Alliance plans to set up camp outside the White House starting on Earth Day to send a strong message to the president that Nebraskans along the pipeline route are united in opposition to the project.
This isn’t the first KXL protest in Nebraska meant to capture media attention. Last September, KXL opponents built a renewable energy barn powered by solar and wind in the path of the pipeline. Speaking at the event, clean energy investor and billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer said that “investing in local and clean energy is what builds communities and our nation. President Obama has a clear choice, do we build our clean and local energy, or do we allow a foreign corporation to use our land and risk our water for their bottom line. Our President must put our national interest over TransCanada’s interest to expand and export tar sands.”
Via Huffington Post
Lead image via AP/Lou Dematteis