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Herndon Protestors Let Wells Fargo Know They Oppose Keystone XL

by Katherine Berko — July 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm 12 Comments

A group of people went to Wells Fargo bank on Elden Street in Herndon on Saturday with no intention of withdrawing money.

Instead, they held up signs and yelled chants, calling out the bank for its support of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The climate justice group 350 Fairfax protested July 8, which pipeline opposition group Protect & Divest had designated as an International Protect and Divest Day of Action. The day’s protests were meant to sway banks, such as Wells Fargo, from funding the Keystone XL Pipeline and other environmentally unfriendly projects such as Virginia’s Atlantic Coast pipeline.

The 1,179-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, when completed, will run from Alberta to Nebraska and will transport up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day. There is an existing pipeline in the region, but Keystone XL will deliver the oil in a more direct route.

It has caused controversy as some people see the pipeline as beneficial because it will create many construction jobs and bolster the nation’s economy. Additionally, if the pipeline is not built, the fear is other companies will transport the same oil but in riskier ways, such as via rail service. However, groups like 350 Fairfax fear for the environmental impact the pipeline’s construction may have.

“[350 Fairfax] handed out flyers to bank customers and passing pedestrians to explain why the Keystone XL pipeline is a disaster for the climate, dangerous for water and soil quality along its proposed route, and is unfair to indigenous peoples whose sacred land would be disrupted,” 350 Fairfax wrote in a press release.

On Facebook after the rally, 350 Fairfax said that pipeline projects can also greatly spur climate change by increasing greenhouse gases emissions.

“The project stands to endanger precious ecosystems, vital aquifers, and Indigenous and sacred lands. It would also exacerbate climate change at a time when a just transition off fossil fuels is critical for the health and well-being of life on Earth,” 350 Fairfax wrote.

The group’s hope is to stop further construction of the pipeline by encouraging its funders to re-evaluate the damage their invested money will be doing to the environment. 350 Fairfax noted that Saturday’s protest was just one of many the group plans to organize.

“We must demand that all investors, including Wells Fargo, #divest from these dangerous and unnecessary projects,” the group said.

Photos courtesy 350 Fairfax

  • fx350

    The Keystone XL utilizes greater technology and is more efficient then using conveys or 18-wheeler trucks to haul the oil down the crowded highways. Unless this clowns at 350 Fairfax are entirely off the oil grid (walking and biking for transportation and only solar heated homes) I don’t want to hear a word from them.

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  • Tammi Petrine

    Bravo protesters who realize that our planet has no need for a wealthy few to make more $$$ from carbon fuels. The XL pipeline is NOT providing fuels for domestic use but for foreign export. Renewables that are sustainable and do NOT pollute the groundwater are far preferable. When will we understand those few basic facts and start working together to enact positive changes?

    • Mike M

      What will change for these loons hanging out in front of a bank branch annoying the management and the clientele? Honestly, have they nothing more decisive to do with their time?

    • Guest

      “the wealthy few?” oh please.
      redistributionist progressives strike again!
      their rhetoric is boring and worn out. please try again.
      nothing wrong with the world wide import-export petro trade, we in the US participate in it every day ourselves.

    • The Constitutionalist

      When will we educate ourselves and realize that the laws of thermal dynamics apply in every case, even in the creation of renewable energy sources? Why is it that we ignore the fact that renewable energy, in most cases, takes more energy to create than it will generate in any lifetime?

      No, we only want to hear what we want to believe and not what the truth is.

      Certainly, while a select few are getting rich on fossil fuels, so could you be. And so you are, by not having to spend $4 a gallon on gas.

    • RestonAssurance

      Good for them!

  • Off_He_Goes

    They should have gone to the other Wells Fargo branch on Elden, would have been far more entertaining on that side of Hernduraz.

  • TheKingJAK

    Without the Keystone pipeline more of the oil will likely be piped to pristine wilderness along the Inside Passage in Canada. A spill up there would be among the worst environmental catastrophes imaginable.

  • Greg

    And let’s see — they all walked or biked (!) to and from the bank; the have solar-powered, heated, and cooled houses; don’t use the internet or cell services; never fly anywhere; pump their own water, from hand-dug wells, by hand; treat all sewage and waste locally; compost (and grow) all of their food and yard waste; produce their own paper and inks; print the posters themselves; and power their websites and press releases with solar power only. Wind power, of course, is not an option as those huge turbines chop thousands of birds, bats insects and other fauna to death.

    • John Henry

      Yeah, I did walk. But you’re missing the point: Fossil fuels (and overpopulation) are destroying the planet way more than the other things you mentioned (whose impacts are trivial in comparison).

      • Greg

        Please. No points missed. Good luck in your pointless protests.

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