White House Protestors Oppose Oil Pipeline Plan

Posted November 7th, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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Protesters formed a human chain around the White House Sunday afternoon to oppose plans for an oil pipeline they say would be bad for the environment.

Several thousand protesters linked hands in a big circle around the presidential residence and buildings on either side of it. They called on President Barack Obama, who was away from the White House at the time, to scrap plans for the pipeline, which would carry oil from tar sands in Canada to oil fields in Texas.

White House security told VOA there were no arrests and the demonstration was peaceful.

The State Department is currently reviewing the pipeline proposal, but Mr. Obama has indicated he will make the final decision.

White House spokesman Clark Stevens said Sunday the president recognizes there are “a number of critical issues” to consider, including climate change, public health and natural resources. But he said the State Department would also consider U.S. energy security and economic issues.

A spokesman for the company behind the pipeline, TransCanada, argued the project would create thousands of jobs and reduce U.S. reliance on overseas oil.