Is the Keystone XL Pipeline in our country’s national interest? Within the next days or months, the State Department will finalize a supplemental environmental impact assessment for the pipeline. Ninety days after the release of the assessment, a recommendation will be made to President Obama whether proceeding with the project is in the national interest of the country. If the State Department recommends approval, the president will then have two weeks to decide the fate of the pipeline. During that two-week period, environmental groups including CREDO, the Rainforest Action Network, and the Other 98% will be coordinating civil disobedience efforts throughout the country to protest the pipeline—and Corvallis will be no exception.
In preparation, five Corvallis locals will host a free Nonviolent Direct Action Training course at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Circle Blvd on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The objective of the course is to prepare attendees for the civil disobedience demonstration in Corvallis, which will take place outside the EPA Western Ecology Office if the State Department recommends approval. According to event co-host Leonard Higgins, “Anyone who recognizes that climate change is a problem and has been wondering what to do about it is welcome to attend.” The training will prepare participants for serious, dignified, nonviolent protests. Additional discussion will focus on reasons for opposing both extraction of fossil fuels and current proposals for exporting fossil fuels across the Northwest. The course will also provide support for those willing to be arrested for the cause. Ultimately, the training will result in a cohesive, educated group consisting of individuals who will be vigilant in the fight against climate change.
Over 75,000 people across the country have signed the petition, pledging civil disobedience if the State Department recommends approval of the pipeline. Pledge to take action at www.Nokxl.org. For more information about the Corvallis training or to stay up to date on local protest events, call 503-505-4100 or email email@example.com.
By Kristen Daly