Delaware Hands Against the Tar Sands

May 17, 2014 12:00 PM
Delaware River @ Intersection of Clinton & Harbor Streets 32 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE 19706
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Say NO to tar sands and YES to clean energy in Delaware!

On Saturday, May 17, join communities around the country to ask the president and local officials to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, offshore drilling and other dirty fuel projects that threaten our communities and destabilize our climate, like the transport of shale oil & tar sands to the Delaware City Refinery by rail and up the Delaware River by barge to Paulsboro, NJ.

Join us as we join hands across the country for a clean energy future! After we link hands and pose for a photo in front the Delaware River--the life blood of our regional economy and the source of drinking water for > 15 Million people-- we'll hang out and socialize with new friends over food/drink at a local restaurant and discuss the issues we all care so much about!

This National Day of Action is being jointly organized by The Sierra Club, Tar Sands Coalition, Hands Across the Sand / Hands Across the Land and a number of other organizations. Hands, founded in 2010, grew into an international movement after the BP oil disaster in April of that year. People came together to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil and the impact of other forms of extreme energy.

Activists across the nation will call on the president to reject KXL and other tar sands infrastructure, while at the same time asking our state and local leaders to say no to the dirty fossil fuel projects that endanger our communities. From the proposed offshore seismic testing for oil and gas off our coasts, the shipping of dangerous oil by rail through our hometowns and now by barge up our Delaware River (which our chapter and the Audubon Society are currently challenging the legality of under Delaware's Coastal Zone Act) to the climate change-induced sea level rise that is already impacting towns up and down our state --every Delawarean has a reason to fight for the future we deserve -- for the health of our families, our communities and our planet.