Native leaders to hold Capitol Hill meetings, presser on Keystone XL Thurs

May 24, 2011

On the heels of yesterday’s House Energy and Commerce hearing on proposed legislation that would give the Obama administration a Nov. 1 deadline to issue a final decision on the permitting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast, opponents of the project are organizing their own event.  From the press release:

Media Advisory – U.S. Tar Sands Decision-Makers to Meet with Canadian First Nation and Environmental Leaders in Washington

Media briefing to follow meetings with Congress and the Obama administration; Leaders plan to discuss new reality of Canadian majority government.

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2011 – Two Canadian First Nation Chiefs and Canadian environmental leaders will provide a media briefing, sponsored by Congressman Steve Cohen, to discuss the U.S. proposal for the Keystone XL pipeline and the new reality of Canada’s majority government. The briefing will follow meetings with senior officials in the Obama administration and comes just two days after a House subcommittee hearing on a controversial Republican bill that would force the administration to make an early decision on permitting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Who: Chief Roxanne Marcel, Mikisew Cree First Nation, Chief Bill Erasmus, Assembly of First Nations
Ed Whittingham, Executive Director, The Pembina Institute
Graham Saul, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada
Gillian McEachern, Program Manager, Environmental Defence Canada

When: May 26, 2011 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST

Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC
Room B339

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact: Danielle Droitsch, Pembina Institute,202.615.3770


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