Marching to keep tar sands oil out of our communities

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This blog was co-drafted with Michael Yamoah

On June 6th, 2015, NRDC will join dozens of our allies for the Tar Sands Resistance March in the twin cities of Minnesota. Citizens from across the Midwest will stand together to protect water, climate and our communities from the threat of dirty tar sands. The march in St. Paul is part of a growing movement across America to resist an incoming tar sands invasion in the United States. While tar sands already flows from Canada to the United States, there are proposals to greatly expand imports to the U.S. in the Midwest, and on the coasts, through an extensive network of pipelines, rail infrastructure and tankers. The potential impacts could prove catastrophic for communities across the country.

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The Tar Sands Resistance March is critically important especially as this region is already ground zero for receiving the lion's share of existing tar sands oil. The march will also offer an opportunity to highlight some of the reasons why the Midwest region is vital to halting the flow of dirty oil into the U.S:

Increasing the amount of toxic tar sands crude flowing into this region is not in keeping with a much needed transition to clean energy. Rejecting tar sands means fighting for clean water, clean energy, and a safer climate. There is simply no place for dirty oil in America's future.

Live in the Midwest? Join us at the Tar Sands Resistance March and stand up against tar sands and for a clean and just energy future! Can't make it? No worries, you can still make your voice heard!