SumOfUs.org, in partnership with Oil Change International and Environmental Action will be placing ads in the DC metro system exposing images from the ExxonMobil tar sands pipeline spill last month in Arkansas that devastated the suburban town of Mayflower.
The State Department is considering revising its draft environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline after over one million comments were submitted in opposition to the construction. While this goes on, these ads will run for one month at the Foggy Bottom metro station.
See images of the ads in this article and view the other ads here
Kaytee Riek, campaign manager of SumOfUs.org said in a statement:
"Exxon thought it could keep us from finding out what a tar sands spill looked like, by pushing the FAA to institute a no-fly zone and threatening reporters with arrest. Then over 2,000 people donated to make sure the photos that leaked out ended up exactly where it didn't want them: in front of State Department employees deciding this month to approve or reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline."
The choice of Foggy Bottom metro station for the ads was made because many State Department employees use this station every day in their commute to and from work.
These ads demand that the State Department not approve the Keystone XL pipeline, due to the high risk of major spills, as well as its climate impacts.
The estimate is that over 10,000 barrels of oil were spilled in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas in March. The devastation from this spill was appalling (see image above of a typical backyard in Mayflower during the spill).
Together with the federal government, ExxonMobil put in place a no-fly zone over the spill site to keep news helicopters from capturing images of the disaster, and this was done to hide the danger of tar sands pipelines.
Big Oil is lobbying furiously for the Keystone XL, a massive pipeline stretching across the heartland of the United States. This pipeline would be responsible for the equivalent of 51 coal plants worth of climate pollution per year were it to be built. Should the pipeline be approved, the Keystone XL will be carrying even more of the same hard-to-clean-up toxic crude as the oil spilled in Arkansas.
David Turnbull, Campaign Director of OIl Change International said in a statement:
"As if the million public comments saying no to Keystone XL weren't enough, the State Department staffers who can help Secretary Kerry and President Obama make the right decision to reject Keystone XL will now be reminded of potential impacts of this pipeline every day as they head to work.”
“But that jarring reminder pales in comparison to the effects from toxic spills and climate disruption we all will endure should this dirty tar sands pipeline be built.”
Drew Hudson, Director of Environmental Action said:
"The struggle for a safer climate isn't over. With a growing climate justice movement, objections to the State Department report by the EPA, and seemingly a new fossil fuel spill every day, we are going to keep the pressure on.”
“Ensuring our decision makers see exactly what their policies mean to the people and wildlife in places like Mayflower, AR is a key to making sure they do the right thing. We won't go away until they do."
About the groups running this campaign:
SumOfUs.org is a global movement of over one million consumers, investors, and workers all around the world, standing together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable and just path for our global economy.
Oil Change International is a research, communication, and advocacy organization focused on exposing the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the coming transition towards clean energy.
Environmental Action: With over 150,000 activists throughout the United States, Environmental Action works to draw a bright line on the nation's most pressing environmental concerns. From drilling for oil and nuclear power to forest preservation and mountaintop removal mining, we take on the biggest polluters, and work for solutions, not compromises.