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Keystone pipeline critics offer street theater in downtown Portland to highlight players with local offices

Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will offer some street theater in downtown Portland Tuesday morning to highlight the role of entities with local offices that are key players in the controversial project.

Environmentalists hope to forestall construction of the pipeline, which is proposed to transport oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico across the heart of the U.S. Critics say the project will lead to untenable increases in carbon emissions by spurring production of Alberta tar sands oil.

A mock sightseeing tour begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Terry Schrunk Plaza, on Southeast Third Avenue between Jefferson and Madison streets. From there, “tour guides” and “tourists” will visit the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, at 1220 S.W. Third Ave., to highlight the role of the U.S. State Department and President Obama in deciding whether to approve the proposed pipeline.

Then the tour will visit 1. S.W. Columbia, to focus on TransCanada, the company that wants to build the pipeline; Southwest 5th and Salmon Street to focus on Environmental Resource Management, which was hired to write the Environmental Impact Statement for the project; and 121 S.W. Morrison to cast attention on Toronto Dominion Bank, which is financing the project.

The activists, who have signed a Pledge of Resistance to the Keystone project, say they are alerting the local business and government groups that they will be back with non-violent resistance to the project, if needed.

For more information on opponents’ concerns: http://nokxl.org/whats-kxl.

Steve Law can reached at 503-546-5139 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .