Protestors meet in south Tulsa Monday to demonstrate beliefs

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Reported by: Lynn Casey
Updated: 2/03 10:35 pm Published: 2/03 9:56 pm

Just a few days after the state department released a positive environmental report on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, it's now meeting local resistance.

FOX23 went to a Keystone protest Monday and learned what some say is being overlooked.

FOX23 arrived to the protest at 71st and Mingo streets in south Tulsa and found protestors saying, "People need to wake up and know that this isn't your grandfather's pipeline. This is tar sands. And we don't know how to deal with it."

The final environmental impact statement said there would be no significant increase in carbon emissions from the proposed fourth phase of the Keystone pipeline.

People around the U.S. protested Monday that there is a lot of other things that should also be considered as environmental impact.

Early Hatley, an organized protestor, said, "These pump stations are going to be some of the largest users of energy in those states."

The Environmental Protection Agency has admitted it hasn't found an effective way to clean up tar sands oil spills.

People opposed to the XL pipeline point to the 2010 spill from a different Canadian company in the Kalamazoo River.

"To this very day it is not cleaned up after spending a billion dollars on that project," said Hatley.

Other protesters said tar sands itself is the problem. It's a form of oil they say is not worth the trouble.

FOX23 spoke with Dorothy Davis who was in South Tulsa Monday, protesting the pipeline plan.

"The whole thing is bad. We should just leave it in the ground," she said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry now has to decide whether the pipeline is in the best interest of the U.S., and then send it to the president for final approval.

The protesters said it's not time to give up yet.

"This is too serious to give up on," Hatley said.

"We don't stop until we are sure. And I think there's actually several layers of decisions that still have to be made, so, no, it's not time to stop," said Davis.

Kerry and President Barack Obama don't have a deadline. They can delay the project indefinitely if they think they haven't figured out the best way to make the project happen.

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