Montana presence strong as thousands protest Keystone XL



Thousands of protesters surrounded the White House yesterday calling for President Obama to reject the proposed Keyston XL pipeline that would stretch from Alberta's tar sands, through Montana, all the way down to the Gulf Coast. The demonstration was quite a scene (see video below), and some of the same celebrities who were arrested during the August protests, including Montana's Margot Kidder, again showed their support. Here's one account from the blog "Consolations at the End of the World":

I found myself standing next to Margot Kidder who was holding her big “Montana Women” sign and on her phone trying to find her companions. The sign attracted some young smiling Montana folks who exchanged hometowns as people do when they meet those from the same state.

You can view more than a 175 photos from the demonstration here, including some of the Montana contingent, or watch the video below.

In other Keystone news, Tar Sands Action is calling attention to a new Washington Post article that corrects the number of jobs being promised by TransCanada if the pipeline is approved.

Girling said Friday that the 13,000 figure was “one person, one year,” meaning that if the construction jobs lasted two years, the number of people employed in each of the two years would be 6,500. That brings the company’s number closer to the State Department’s; State says the project would create 5,000 to 6,000 construction jobs, a figure that was calculated by its contractor Cardno Entrix.

As for the 7,000 indirect supply chain jobs, the $1.9 billion already spent by TransCanada would reduce the number of jobs that would be created in the future. The Brixton Group, a firm working with opponents of the project, has argued that many of the indirect supply jobs would be outside the United States because about $1.7 billion worth of steel will be purchased from a Russian-owned mill in Canada.

A TransCanada statement Sept. 30 said the project would be “stimulating over 14,400 person years of employment” in Oklahoma alone. It cited a study by Ray Perryman, a Texas-based consultant to TransCanada, saying the pipeline would create “250,000 permanent jobs for U.S. workers.”

But Perryman was including a vast number of jobs far removed from the industry. Using that technique in a report on the impact of wind farms, Perryman counted jobs for dancers, choreographers and speech therapists.

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