Denver: Rally Against Suncor, Tar Sands AND Keystone XL Pipeline!

Posted: December 24, 2011 by earthfirstdurango in development, environmental justice, environmental racism, indigenous solidarity, oil & gas, resistance, Tar Sands, water
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Saturday, December 31, 2011 – 1:00pm

Come join us as various activist groups (from around the Denver/Boulder area) and community members come and stand together in solidarity to raise awareness of Suncor Tar Sands Refinery’s recent oil leak in the Sand Creek and South Platte River at Commerce City.

BACKGROUND:

It was reported in late November that oil has been discovered in the South Platte River. Very little coverage from the media was published at the timeof the discovery, but, until recently, it has been confirmed that gas-like sludge has been found on the edges of the river. It is unknown how long this leak has been present in the water. This water is a major source for drinking water, wild-habitat and agricultural uses for the Midwest, but the water is now contaminated and is non-usable for everyone and everything.

**Suncor refinery is the oldest tar sands producers, up to 90% of its production comprised of tar sands bitumen. The company uses its Colorado refinery to process some of the heavy tar sands coming from the Express and Platte pipelines. At a time when companies like TransCanada and Enbridge are proposing to build tar sands infrastructure through our rivers and water resources—and some in Congress are trying to speed up the process by skipping environmental review—this spill provides another sad example of what can go wrong with these projects.**

As stated above, the leak is just one of many examples of what will inevitably happen if the Keystone XL pipeline, which is backed by TransCanada and powered by the tar sands, is approved. As many know, the tar sands operation has been catastrophic for the Cree Nation in Alberta, Canada. Their lands are threatened to be stripped down and will forever be destroyed to obtain the very same thing that is currently in the South Platte River. Suncor needs to be held accountable for the leak and not properly informing the public about this leak to its communities in Commerce City!

So, this is where we, as a people, take action and demand clean water, a clean livelyhood and just a clean start! We can not prolong this anymore, as this can not wait any longer! The public need to be informed!

THE EVENT:

A march and rally has called and arranged by the activist groups of Colorado to be taken place in downtown Denver to help create greater public awareness of the most recent ecological disaster created by Suncor Tar Sands Refinery! We will gather at Skyline Park at 1pm and march to the Pavillions Mall and hold a demonstration.

THE SPEAKERS:

On Saturday, December 31st, we will host a gathering in protest against Suncor’s reckless operations. Speakers include:

Scott Denver Jacket of American Indian Movement of Colorado

Deanna Meyer of Deep Green Resistance

John Zapian and Salvador Arieta, organizers and residents of the communities of Commerce City,

Jeremy Nichols of Wild Earth Guardians and more!

Please join us in making a collective New Year’s resolution to bring an end to this giant polluter, and its partners!

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