Keystone XL Pipeline Project: Protesters, Including Canadians, March To White House

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 18, 2013 7:13 PM EST

After U.S.'s green signal to the $15.1-billion Nexen deal, more than 20,000 people, including Canadians in Washington, Sunday marched to the White House calling upon the U.S. government to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.

The protesters, including the Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly, voiced their anger against the pipeline project which would carry crude oil from Canada into the United States.

"I am ashamed that we (Canadians) are knocking on your door with dirty oil," said Evangeline Lilly, according to the Edmonton Journal.

"I want to stand up here as a Canadian and I want to say I am sorry to the workers in Canada and the workers in America who have to go home and look their kids in the eye and know that they are damaging their future. And I want to say 'yes' to jobs that allow Americans and Canadians to go home and look their kids in the eye and say 'I am fighting for you. I am working for you," the newspaper quoted the Canadian actress, as saying.

The project is estimated to cost $ 7.6 billion. Once completed, it is expected to carry as much as 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to the United States.

Two phases of the pipeline have already been completed after a go-ahead nod from the Obama administration, according to Bloomberg.

Environmental activists fear the pipeline will contribute a lot to the global warming and cause irreversible damage to the global environment, especially to the environments of the two nations.

While speaking at the protest rally, Jackie Thomas of the Saik'uz First Nation Band in northern British Columbia said the Canadian government had weakened the regulatory review process in order to pave way for the U.S. government to approve the pipeline project.

"If this pipeline goes through your government will further assist in the raping and pillaging of the lands of my ancestors," Edmonton Journal quoted another Canadian protester as saying.

Some Canadian Democrats and Human Rights Activists, including Tibetans, last year protested against the handover of the Nexen Company to the state-owned Chinese company (CNOOC). However, the Nexen deal did not meet any ferocious protest as the pipeline is facing. 

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