Why oil workers opposed Keystone XL

OTTAWA, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - Following a briefing for Members of Parliament, Canada's largest energy workers' union will hold a news conference on the Keystone XL pipeline:

When: 10:30 am, Thursday Sept. 22

Where: Charles Lynch Press Room, Room 130-S, Centre Block, Parliament Hill

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) is opposed to Keystone XL. "The pipeline will create environmental destruction, take potential upgrading and refining jobs away from Canadians, and put our country's energy security at risk," says CEP President Dave Coles. Coles will be joined by other CEP officers and Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan.

CEP has opposed Keystone XL since 2009 through submissions to the National Energy Board, an appeal to Cabinet and leave from the court for judicial review. "Now that U.S. regulators are asking whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in the best interests of their country, we want Canadian decision makers to ask themselves the same question with all the facts in front of them."

istockanalyst.com, Tues Sept 20 2011

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