Credo On Notice: TD Bank

Press release: CREDO On Notice: TD Bank

 

For Immediate Release: December 3, 2013

Contact: Anne D. (Andy) Burt at annedburt145@gmail.com (local)

Sarah Lane at sarahlane@credoaction.com

 

Local Activists Put TD Bank on Notice Warning of Future

Civil Disobedience over the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline

 

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(Portland, Maine) — Local activists put TD Bank on notice today that they will be back to commit peaceful, dignified civil disobedience if President Obama’s administration recommends approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Local activists are targeting TD Bank, a holding company that is the largest financier of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to the tune of $1.6 billion.

 

Similar letter deliveries are happening around the country at the locations of more than 100 sit-ins already planned as part of the Pledge of Resistance.

 

Middle school teacher Lee Chisholm, of Freeport, was among the local activists delivering the letter to the TD Bank main office in Portland.

 

“I teach math, history, and science—including some carbon chemistry and climate science — to a class of seventh and eighth graders,” Chisholm said. “For some years now, but more and more with the increasing frequency of record floods, droughts, wildfires, and superstorms such as Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan, it has seemed to me that we are building towards an environmental holocaust.”

 

Chisholm added: “History has taught me that silence in the face of an impending holocaust is wrong. I cannot look my students in the eyes tomorrow if I do not speak out today against this wicked sleep.”

 

Keystone XL is a foreign oil pipeline that would transport some of the dirtiest crude on the planet from Canada across American soil so it can be exported to China. Local activists delivered notices to TD Bank that read in part, “We represent more than 75,000 Americans who have taken the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance. We pledge, if necessary, to engage in acts of dignified, peaceful civil disobedience that could result in our arrest in order to send the message to President Obama and his administration that they must reject the Keystone XL pipeline.”

 

Read the notice in its entirety here. For more information about TD Bank and tar sands oil - and the financing of global warming -  see here

 

“President Obama promised us that he will take real action to fight climate change and we’re here to hold him to that promise,” said Nicole d’Entremont, a retired teacher and writer living on Peaks Island. “I have deep ancestral roots in maritime Canada and have been following for several years the Keystone XL story and the disastrous extraction of tar sands in Alberta, Canada.  I speak here for myself and also for the many people in Canada who also oppose this project because of its contribution to climate change, the all too frequent pipeline ruptures that are impossible to truly clean up, and the consequences of those actions to the health of impacted people, and the local environment and economy. It’s time for ordinary citizens wherever they are to do whatever they can to stop this folly.”

 

Another Pledge of Resistance participant, Rebecca Halbrook, of Phippsburg, said she was motivated to take action against the Keystone XL after understanding the severe environmental impacts caused by the tar sands mining in Alberta. Halbrook said, "The serious damage to the land, air and waters, the removal of large portions of the boreal forest, and the environmental injustice done to the First Nations peoples living near the industrial site add up to an environmental crisis.  When coupled with the potential risk to the U.S. breadbasket in the Midwest, I concluded that to be silent about the proposed pipeline would be morally reprehensible."  

 

The Maine campaign is part of the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance, where more than 75,000 people have committed to risk arrest in peaceful, dignified civil disobedience if President Obama’s administration issues a draft National Interest Determination recommending approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Pledge of Resistance is organized by CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and the Other 98% to stop the Keystone XL pipeline from destroying the climate and endangering communities with the risk of toxic oil spills. Read the Pledge of Resistance: http://nokxl.org/wp-content/kxl_pledge.html

 

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