MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Minneapolis on Monday to protest an oil pipeline in Canada.

The Keystone XL Pipeline will stretch 17,000 miles from Alberta to the Gulf Coast, costing $13 billion.

The U.S. State Department has yet to approve the project and a small group in Minneapolis doesn’t want it going through the U.S.

“We’re protesting in solidarity with protests that are going on in Ottawa,” said Marty Cobenars with the Indigenous Environmental Network. “We’re saying no to the tar sands and no to the Keystone XL Pipeline.”

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

They group marched from the Royal Canadian Bank on Washington Avenue to the Canadian Consulate on 7th Street and 4th Avenue.

“We want to tell the embassy to stop using the tar sands,” said Cobenars. “It killing indigenous people and it’s killing the land.”

Consulate officials would not speak to the crowd. They did, however, speak to Cobenars and another man and told them they would take their comments and send them to officials in Ottawa.

“I asked him, ‘Why does Canada have such poor human rights violations?’ And he wouldn’t answer me,” Cobenars told the crowd.

WCCO Radio left a message with the Canadian Consulate, but their office was closed.

Comments (35)
  1. dfd says:

    Bring in the water cannons and beat them down! I am sick of these kind of people!

    1. mike says:

      What to do, what to do with tree huggers.

    2. Greta Gaard says:

      This report is so poorly written I’m surprised readers don’t do some fact checking on their own. Tar sands is the world’s dirtiest source of oil, with the profits going to corporations while the costs are borne by the air, water, wildlife, and local communities who suffer respiratory illnesses and cancers. Pipelines rupture and leak regularly. Doing so above the Oglalla aquifer endangers life in North America. Wake up! Wake up! Do a google search on “Tar Sands Action” to learn facts.

    3. Kurt says:

      Many who oppose this project are farmers and ranchers over whose land this pipeline will cross, who depend upon the clean water an oil spill will contaminate. Pay attention to the hearings that are happening in Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota- people don’t want this pipeline! Tea party radicals talk big and loud about property rights and getting big government off our backs but when it comes to confiscating land to benefit the oil companies they’re all for it. Apparently it’s patriotic to protest tax hikes on the wealthy, but when people come out to defend the land, air and water then, by god, bring out the water cannons and blow those tree huggers away!

  2. Jake says:

    17 THOUSAND MILES?? More like 1700. So, a *small* group of protesters want to shut down hundreds of thousands of jobs, keep energy prices SKY HIGH, and keep us dependent on oil from Mexico, Venezuela, and the Middle East. Canada will develop these sources of oil, with or without the pipeline.

    1. Get educated says:

      This pipeline will only supply a small amount of oil. Less than a few years worth. Is a few years worth or oil worth endangering the land and animals? The jobs will only last until the piping is done. Then BOOM they are on unemployment again.

      1. Get educated says:

        I am not agreeing that this is a bad thing, but you just need to think of both sides. Stop living in your own little biased world.

        1. Toby Williams says:

          Speaking of living in a biased world…

      2. :) says:

        Endangering the land and animals, in typical tree hugger fashion. LOL. I love u people. An 8′ wide path through some woods is just gonna destroy everything.

        1. Clean Air Is Good says:

          What about the end product of unbreathable air? Like most americans you’re a child with no forethought and only thinking of yourself.

          1. Dirty air is better says:

            Unbreathable air???? Really??? Where is this phenomenon happening where other pipelines have been built? In Alaska the elk huddle around the pipeline for warmth. You people are unhinged and make claims that are so far out there, it’s no wonder people laugh it you.

            1. Super Dude says:

              You’re profoundly ignorant. I’ve met cats and dogs that are smarter than you.. Have you noticed the lovely brown air in cities around the world? You’re a child, a dangerous savage child.The world needs less of your ilk.

              1. Toby Williams says:

                No, you are profoundly STUPID.

                1. @Toby da man says:

                  Toby – go sticker yer head up yer ……oh, wait. That so and it don’t work huh? Okay – then stick it up yer neighbors pit bulls ….. ya know

            2. Baaaa says:

              the dumb woke up huh? You huddling with the crude skank ya live with? Got pipe?

      3. Jake says:

        Ah, WHO is the BIASED one here? Canada has the SECOND LARGEST known, PROVEN, and substantiated oil reserves of any country in the WORLD. If they don’t sell their oil to US, they will sell it to china, india, or other emerging economies. Oil is NEEDED for virtually everything, believe it or NOT. When you come up with a viable, economically practical alternative, I AM ALL EARS.

        1. Debbie sue says:

          it has ALREADY been sold to CHINA..get your facts straight….

      4. Scott Alan says:

        Your billowing dress is obscuring your ability to see reality.

    2. Lucy E says:

      Except that this oil isn’t destined for US markets. It is intended to be exported to Asia. So we are just the conduit. Get your facts straight Jake.

    3. SUE ANN says:

      its like this…the oil is going to CHINA…we will end up paying more for gas…the jobs it creates are not there once it is built…do your research…who interests are you looking at??? big OIL or the children, the water our EARTH??? the water is full of heavy metals and what pipe line never leaks….None…cancer….and respiratory illness are a by product of this pollution…NASA scientist have spoken out agaisnts this and have been arrested in protest of the madness…educate…educate…NOW BEFORE IT IS TRULY TO LATE!!!

  3. Al Gore says:

    That’s correct Get educated. 600,000bbls of raw crude a day. We need several of these projects to help with our energy needs and create jobs both here and in Canada. Every little bit helps. Just as you claim every mercury filled pigtail lightbulb helps the environment. We need both sides of the equation worked on. Drill and conserve.

  4. thesuperman says:

    The U. S. Geological Service issued a report in April (’08) that only scientists and oil men knew was coming, but man was it big. It was a revised report (hadn’t been updated since ’95) on how much oil was in this area of the western 2/3 of North Dakota; western South Dakota; and extreme eastern Montana … Check THIS out:

    The Bakken is the largest domestic oil discovery since Alaska ‘s Prudhoe Bay , and has the potential to eliminate all American dependence on foreign oil. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates it at 503 billion barrels.. Even if just 10% of the oil is recoverable… At $107 a barrel, we’re looking at a resource base worth more than $5.3 trillion.

    “When I first briefed legislators on this, you could practically see their jaws hit the floor. They had no idea” says Terry Johnson, the Montana Legislature’s financial analyst.

    “This sizable find is now the highest-producing onshore oil field found in the past 56 years” reports The Pittsburgh Post Gazette. It’s a formation known as the Williston Basin , but is more commonly referred to as the ‘Bakken.’ And it stretches from Northern Montana, through North Dakota and into Canada . For years, U.. S. Oil exploration has been considered a dead end. Even the “Big Oil” companies gave up searching for major oil wells decades ago. However, a recent technological breakthrough has opened up the Bakken’s massive reserves…. And we now have access of up to 500 billion barrels. And because this is light, sweet oil, those billions of barrels will cost Americans just $16 PER BARREL!

    That’s enough crude to fully fuel the American economy for 41 years straight.

    2. And if THAT didn’t throw you on the floor, then this next one should –
    because the report is from THREE YEARS AGO!

    U. S. Oil Discovery- Largest Reserve in the World!
    Stansberry Report Online – 4/20/2006

    Hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains lies the largest untapped oil reserve in the world. It is more than 2 TRILLION barrels. On August 8, 2005 President Bush mandated its extraction. In three and a half years of high oil prices none has been extracted. With this motherload of oil why are we still fighting over off-shore drilling?

    They reported this stunning news: We have more oil inside our borders, than all the other proven reserves on earth. Here are the official estimates:

    – 8-times as much oil as Saudi Arabia
    – 18-times as much oil as Iraq
    – 21-times as much oil as Kuwait
    – 22-times as much oil as Iran
    – 500-times as much oil as Yemen
    – and it’s all right here in the Western United States .

    HOW can this BE?
    HOW can we NOT BE extracting this?
    Because the environmentalists and others have blocked all efforts to help America become independent of foreign oil! Again, we are letting a small group of people dictate our lives and our economy….WHY?

    James Bartis, lead researcher with the study says we’ve got more oil in this very compact area than the entire Middle East -more than 2 TRILLION barrels untapped. That’s more than all the proven oil reserves of crude oil in the world today, reports The Denver Post.

    Don’t think ‘OPEC’ will drop its price – even with this find? Think again! It’s all about the competitive marketplace, – it has to. Think OPEC just might be funding the environmentalists?

    Got your attention/ire up yet? Hope so! Now, while you’re thinking about it …. And hopefully P.O’d, do this:

    3. Pass this along. If you don’t take a little time to do this, then you should stifle yourself the next time you want to complain about gas prices .. Because by doing NOTHING, you’ve forfeited your right to complain.
    Now I just wonder what would happen in this country if every one of you sent this to every one in your address book.

    By the way…this is all true. Check it out at the link below!!!

    GOOGLE it or follow this link. It will blow your mind.

    1. Silly and boring actually says:

      You almost had me until I thought of it this way

      1) We have the most beautiful and spacious country that remains mostly unspoiled in the world. We want it to remain so

      2) If we had all the oil being refined right now, today, we would most likely create a way to pizz it away 10x faster than today and be in the same boat in 20 years. Big is always better – HUGE is GREATER. The American mantra nowadays. If we ever conserved and continued to – I may be onboard on a limited basis….provided we don’t destroy what we have.

      3) Petro/energy companies have proven time and time again they don’t give a rats arse beyond profits. They start out doing so … surprise what regulations and pressure can so…once they become entrenched look out. Greeed – the shareholders demand it. Hell – there are more abandoned drilling rigs around the world than skeeters in MN

      4)People finally have become smart and see the fallacy and farce of the industry as a whole. Actually – conservation isn’t a bad thing we realize. Imagine that.

      Take your bullchit spiel and propoganda elsewhere. You earned your daily pay. You are contracting with which company ? 😉

  5. Jerry Race Car Driver says:

    We can’t maintain our current infrastructure so let’s build some more!! Yee haw!!

  6. johnson says:

    These are the same people that claim to be Aboriginal now they go by First Nation. If they have a Treaty Card in Manitoba they get money every month from the Canada Goverment. If they have children they get additional money half way through the month for every child they have. They can catch all the fish they want and when its time to net fish most will net till they clean a lake out then blame every body else for it. They get most every thing handed to them and yet complain that they take care of the enviorment. Drive way up north near where they congregate and you’ll see how much they care about the enviorment. Go to Thompson Manitoba and see them hanging out milling around the liquor store. and Canadian Tire parking lot. If you don’t believe me take a trip up there next summer and see for yourself. I’ve seen it all to often I have a place up in that area.

    1. Derek J. says:

      What an mindless thing to say; you’re a waste of human flesh and give humanity a bad name. Humanity is better off without you.

    2. Holy Moly says:

      Playing the race and stereotype cards, eh? How very white of you. You should take a look at your many, many, many, MANY shortcomings before you bad-mouth others,

    3. Johnson lite says:

      LOL – Johnson, ya talk chit cuz ya don’t got a real Johnson. You know it and so do we. lol

  7. Mark says:

    Only when the last tree has died,
    and the last river has been poisoned,
    and the last fish has been caught,

    If we would have spent just 10% each year of what we’ve spent on oil exploration and production since the first earth day in the 1970’s, we would have long since developed a clean, renewable, and independent source of energy. But no, we are just as dependent as always, and we will always be. The people who make me angry here are those who have no sight beyond OIL!

  8. here says:

    refine it where it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. ulla says:

    Why refine the dirtiest crude oil on the planet? Because some big oil companies will make lots of money from it. This pipeline that could easily spill and poison 2 million American’s drinking water and 30% of the nation’s agricultural water. And we don’t need to! The price of providing clean energy is going down with lightning speed. If we invest in safe and clean energy,we will create all the jobs we’ve ever dreamed of.

    1. Drill Baby Drill says:

      Ok. Then drill for cleaner oil.

      I want to drive to work.

  10. Phenex Razielll says:

    I’m an engineer. It’s not easy work. In fact, it can be damn difficult. I support energy production, period. Everyone knows we can’t switch our grid over to solar/wind tomorrow. So why don’t you green types learn a hard science, get into the field you love so dearly (renewable energy production and development), and push it forward? That’s what we need if you’re ever going to see your dream come true. And quit whining about innovation being stifled by oil companies; I’ve heard and read it all. If a technology is viable and economical, there is no way of keeping it from the market. What is the solution? Innovation, which is HARD WORK. So, get involved… or is it just too hard to learn all that maff?

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