Forum Tonight on Dirty Tar Sands action campaign
- For global warming, the most important issue is
opposing new investment in dirty energy, like
coal and tar sands. Oil companies have asked the
US government for a permit to run pipelines from
Canada's tar sand fields to the states. Sierra
Club is leading the movement to oppose
this. Please sign this online letter before June
Houston folks, please also attend the public
forum tonight 7pm at 1805 W Alabama which is St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.
Nan Hildreth 713-842-6643
Houston Air Quality Forum, Thursday, June 10
Dirty Tar Sands Threaten Health, Safety and Economic Development in Texas
Ian Davis, 512.476.2053 w., 512.466.6939 c.
WHO: Houston Air Quality Forum hosted by the Houston Sierra Club Group
Matthew Tejada, Air Alliance Houston (featured speaker)
WHEN: Thursday, June 10, 7:00 PM - Social, 7:30 PM Program
WHERE: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church - Pecore Hall, 1805 West Alabama
WHAT: Recently, the Department of State released its Draft
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the massive Keystone XL tar
sands pipeline operated by TransCanada designed to carry tar sands oil
from Canada into the United States. This pipeline threatens our
country's burgeoning clean energy economy and represents a return to
our highly destructive and damaging addiction to fossil fuels.
The proposed pipeline, if built, would run across sensitive east Texas
wildlands and end at two terminals on the Texas coast one in Port
Arthur, the other in Houston. Hearings were held in east Texas towns
but no hearing has been held in Houston. The tar sands pipeline
should concern all Houstonites because this dirty fuel would be
refined in Houston and cause worse air quality problems for our
A public comment period on the proposal closes on June 15. More
information is available at www.sierraclub.org/stopthepipe.
Over its lifecycle the synthetic crude oil produced from tar sands
emits 20% more global warming pollution than conventional oil.
Furthermore, because tar sands oil is a heavier crude, the U.S.
refineries that process it, will produce higher levels of pollutants
leading to more smog, haze and acid rain.
Replacing 900,000 barrels per day of conventional oil with tar sands
oil the amount this pipeline would carry - would result in
approximately 38 million metric tons of additional greenhouse gas
emissions per year, equal to adding over 6 million cars to our roads.
The U.S. transportation sector already accounts for one third of our
global warming emissions. We cannot afford to increase these emissions
through the importation and use of tar sands oil.
The pipeline is designed to cross 554 acres of wetlands and 91 streams
that support recreational or commercial fisheries; 32 of those streams
are in Texas! The State Departments document addresses the potential
for spills saying, The locations of greatest concern for potential
oil spills would be in sensitive environmental areas, especially
wetlands, flowing streams and rivers, and water intakes for drinking
water or commercial/industrial users.
Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club
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