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Anti-Keystone XL Pipeline Rally in Cheyenne

PHOTO: Dozens rallied on the Capitol steps in Wyoming on Tuesday night, asking President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Rallies have been taking place around the country. Photo of a protester at an event courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
PHOTO: Dozens rallied on the Capitol steps in Wyoming on Tuesday night, asking President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Rallies have been taking place around the country. Photo of a protester at an event courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
January 14, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Protestors hit the steps of the Wyoming Capitol on Tuesday night, rallying against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Organizer Cynthia Willson said they want President Obama to reject the pipeline because of environmental concerns, mainly concerning carbon pollution. Promoters of the pipeline say it will create jobs, but Willson said there are doubts about that.

"Well, it's employment for who and where? And what impact will it have? Because Wyoming has already built a huge infrastructure," she said. "They don't need any competition."

Willson said Wyoming needs to ask questions about how the pipeline could hurt the state's overseas market potential. The pipeline would transport so-called tar sands oil from Canada to Texas for treatment and export. The state's congressional delegation supports construction of the pipeline.

Willson said Wyoming oil and gas is something to be proud of, adding that it's much higher quality than the product from Canada.

"They want to build this pipeline that's environmentally questionable," she said. "Wyoming has a tremendously well-regulated oil and gas industry, and I think we don't need the pipeline."

Rallies have been held around the nation this month, sponsored by the Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and 350.org.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY