very strongly feel that we should be moving in a cleaner direction rather than a far dirtier one, said Emma Hartung, 18, who carried a sign saying the pipeline $7 billion price tag was a price for poison. Department of State Chicago offices, the local demonstrators heard speakers lament the threat of hydraulic fracturing in Illinois and tout the success of environmentalists in shutting down the city coal power plants.
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Nebraska porous Sandhills Region and the underground Ogallala Aquifer, which provides drinking water to much of the Midwest.
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But Sunday focus was on Keystone XL, which would allow more oil to flow from Alberta to Texas and, proponents say, provide American jobs and a stable source of foreign energy. Because the route crosses an international border, the State Department would have to approve.
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While those route changes appeased some critics, Chicago protester Michael Fasullo and many others continue to think hauling tar sands across the country presents an unnecessary environmental risk.
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