1000s protest US-Canada pipeline plan
Protesters joined hands to surround the White House on Sunday in a move to press US President Barack Obama to block plans for the USD 7-billion transnational oil pipeline stretching from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico in southern United States, which is in violation of treaties with Native Americans, AFP reported.
The 2,700-kilometer (1,700-mile) Keystone XL pipeline, which passes through Native American lands, is supposed to carry crude oil from the Canadian province of Alberta to the US state of Texas.
"Our mainstream society is extremely destructive and exploitative. This is one of the most egregious examples of over-exploitation," said Ken Srdjak, a 25-year-old artist from Ohio.
Opponents of the project say the pipeline will cause an ecological disaster in central US Great Plains states in case of an accident.
The pipeline construction plan was originally proposed by the energy company TransCanada Corporation. The pipeline will run through the US states of Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma before reaching refineries in Texas.