Environmental Groups Protest Use of Oil Sands
Posted at: 09/10/2013 10:23 AM
| Updated at: 09/10/2013 10:29 AM
A Minnesota group says the use of oil sands, or what they call "tar sands," spells game over for climate change.
Minnesota 350 and members of several other environmental groups gathered in the rain in Canal Park Monday afternoon to protest what they call a proposal to pump "record breaking amounts" of the oil through the Twin Ports. They also protested shipping it across Lake Superior.
A member of the Indigenous Environmental Network, Marty Cobenais, said it's different than normal oil. "It sinks to the bottom of the water when there is a leak. It doesn't float like regular conventional oil. That cause general concerns to everybody. It crosses the Mississippi, the Red River."
Enbridge, which owns pipelines carrying Canadian oil through the Northland, has said the oil is not as thick as protesters claim. They added that pipeline incidents are not common, and that the company has invested million of dollars into monitoring and inspection to prevent leaks.