What: Summer Heat: Join the Sebago Lake Flotilla to Keep New England Tar Sands Free
When: July 20, 2013 at 8am
Where: Sebago Lake
11 Park Access Rd
Casco, ME 04015
United States
Map: Google map and directions
Contact: Sarah Lachance

Details:

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP here.

 What: Summer Heat: Sebago Lake Flotilla to Keep New England Tar Sands Free (bring your inner tube, kayak, or whatever to join in!)

When: July 20, 2013, 8AM - Park gates opens, events begin at 9AM. Roadside/pipeside demonstration begins at 8 AM

Where: Sebago Lake State Park and intersection of Routes 302 and 85 roadside demonstration

PLEASE NOTE: Sebago Lake State Park is very busy on the weekend, so please try to arrive as early as possible! (Gates open at 8AM, and we recommend people get there as early as 7AM to get in line)

Portland Pipeline Corporation and ExxonMobil want to reverse the flow of a 63-year-old pipeline to push toxic tar sands oil through Québec, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. This pipeline runs near numerous pristine rivers and lakes in all three states and Canada.  At its closest point, it runs no more than 500 feet away from Sebago Lake, which happens to be the biggest public water supply for the entire state of Maine.

Come join us as we celebrate clean water and join together to fight to defend Sebago Lake and New England from toxic tar sands! Catch 350.org founder Bill McKibben as the featured speaker at our event press conference!

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP here.

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There will be two major ways to participate in the day's activities. The first will be a protest where the pipeline crosses Route 302 right next to Sebago Lake. The second will be a day of activities at Sebago Lake State Park.

  • For more about the activities at the State Park, including music, flotilla, t-shirt screenprinting, and a kid's area, go here.
  • For more about the pipe-side demonstration at Route 302, go here.
  • For a tentative schedule of the day, go here.
  • For information about State Park entrance fees and financial hardship fund, go here.
  • To learn more about transportation options to and at the event, including a carpool messaging board and buses, go here.
  • For information about lodging options, including campsites and a homestay messaging board, go here.
  • Check out the Facebook event page here. (While you're there, 'Like' us to keep up to date with the event and future activities!)
  • We need volunteers! To volunteer, please go here

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EVENT BACKGROUND:

The development of tar sands is an environmental and social justice nightmare on all fronts. From the destruction of the Boreal Forest and toxic harm to Alberta communities and refinery neighborhoods across the continent to numerous spills along its transportation routes to the amount of energy needed for extraction and refining to the colossal dangers of transporting it: it takes the already alarming growth of carbon in our atmosphere and pushes the accelerator button.

Let's push back with a big splash and demand that our leaders protect Sebago Lake from dangerous tar sands. Let’s float (unlike tar sands oil - which sinks!) together to prevent tar sands oil coming into New England!

*RSVP here*