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Vigil Against Keystone XL Pipeline Held in Bangor

BANGOR - Locals gathered outside the Bangor Public Library tonight for a candlelight vigil to mark the resistance to the northern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The oil line would transport crude oil from Alberta's tar sands to U.S. refineries.

 

Friday the State Department issued a report saying the pipeline is unlikely to increase tar sand development, a statement that environmentalists disagree with.

 

Individuals out Monday night say it's a major climate change problem, and that President Barack Obama and representatives in Washington D.C. need to take a stand.

 

"If the pipeline is completed, and all the tar sands in Alberta are burned, releasing carbon and fossil fuels, it's game over for the planet," Valerie Carter, a demonstrator, says. "We can not afford all those CO2 emissions added to our planet." 

 

"We can all sense that something is wrong," Samantha Perez, another demonstrator, adds. "There is something we can do about it, to stand up against this issue. There's hope, we just need to stand for it."

 

Vigils were held across the state of Maine Monday night in cities like Portland, Waterville, and Auburn.

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