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Protest Planned Downtown Against Keystone XL Pipeline

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Momentum for the project is as large as the pipeline itself, with heavy hitter supporters ranging from T. Boone Pickens to President Obama on a Cushing visit last March.

"Today I'm directing my administration to cut the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority, to go ahead and get it done," said President Obama.

Proponents say it could mean up to a thousand jobs for Oklahoma, but opponents are worried what it could do to Oklahoma.

"We shouldn't take this risk with our water," said B. Geary. She'll be taking part in a Pipeline protest this Wednesday in front of the post office at 4th and Denver. She's worried in part about the potential threat posed by leaks. 

"This thing's supposed to cross six Oklahoma rivers," she said.

Opponents say the Tulsa office of the Army Corps of Engineers could approve the permit for the project sometime this week, and could do so without listening to their objections.

"We're going to have what we call a public hearing, and we're calling it that because the corps of engineers is not holding any public hearings, taking no official public input, and we did call them and ask if we could come and speak to them and they said no," she said.

A push back against big oil, big politics, and big odds of actually stopping it, but giving it a shot, nonetheless.

"It's one of those things where, I think, you have to try," she said.

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