Press Advisory: Bill McKibben to Join 350 Maine at Sebago Lake Demonstration, Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Press Advisory: Bill McKIBBEN TO SPEAK AT SEBAGO LAKE STATE PARK EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE LAKE AND PROTECT IT FROM TAR SANDS IN PORTLAND-MONTREAL PIPELINE

 

CONTACT:
Sarah Lachance, 350 Maine spokesperson
Phone: 207-459-0419
Email: sarah (at) campaignearth.org

Sass Linneken, 350 Maine spokesperson
Phone207-607-2571
Email: Slinneken11 (at) unity.edu
(Please do not publish individual contact info)

CASCO, Maine -- The following is a press advisory announcing a public protest in the form of a celebration at Sebago Lake State Park aimed at educating the public about the dangers posed by transporting tar sands oil through this valuable water resource.

WHO: 350 Maine, Environment MaineSierra Club Maine, Food & Water Watch Maine, and Green Initiatives

WHAT: People’s flotilla and press conference, in concert with 350.org's Summer Heat campaign, a national campaign to end fossil fuel extraction.

WHERE: Sebago Lake State Park, Casco, ME (Grove Group Sites B, D, and beach)

WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 2013

11:00 am: People’s flotilla—visuals include floating people in inner tubes, various water craft on lake, mock oil spill, bands, parade, on shore activities, many colorful banners

UPDATED: 12:00 pm: Press conferencefeaturing 350.org’s Bill McKibben, Connie Cross from the Town of Raymond, Carol Mastersonof Concerned Citizens of South Portland, Harvard divestment leader Chloe Maxmin,Read Bruggerof 350 Maine, and Glen Brand of Sierra Club Maine Chapter.mckibben-crop.jpg

WHY: To celebrate this clean source of water for the Greater Portland area and highlight the potential reversal of the Portland-Montreal pipeline―a project that would transport tar sands oil through Maine, endangering the water supply and our climate. The pipeline runs at its closest 500 feet from the lake. To highlight the dangers of tar sands extraction and its transport.

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Additional PHOTO OP: Street theater to emphasize proximity of pipeline to lake

WHERE: Raymond, intersection of Routes 302 and 85

WHEN: July 20, 8:00–10:00 a.m.

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For a full press packet, email 350 Maine media team leader Sass Linnekin atslinnekin11@unity.edu or call 207-607-2571.

For additional information: 350 Maine Summer Heat campaign; 350 Maine: Tar Sands Free Campaign; Facebook Event Page

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