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About

On January 31st, 2014, the U.S. State Department released a report finding that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would not cause significant damage to the environment. Keystone XL is a pipeline that, if built, would enable the shipment of 800,000 barrels of dirty tar sands each day from Alberta, Canada down to Texas, USA.

In Canada and the U.S. environmentalists, First Nations people, farmers, and others have registered their dissent by putting their bodies in the way of construction and demonstrating in their own cities. At the same time, labor unions have been divided, some supporting the pipeline, which they hope will create many jobs.  

We are traveling up to the site of tar sands extraction in Alberta and following the Keystone XL pipeline down south through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and ending up Texas. We plan to document the stories of the many people along our route whose lives are directly impacted by this pipeline project.

We also realize that Keystone XL is just one of many projects affecting our communities and our planet. People all over the world are suffering from and fighting against fracking, mountaintop removal, tar sands extraction, drilling. Our strength comes in unity with one another against these projects, and so we hope to connect the stories of those fighting extraction in North America. 

We will be creating short video updates, news articles, blog posts, and more along the way to share what we learn with the world. In order to do this, we need film and audio equipment and basic traveling funds. Please donate to help us bring these stories to light!

Risks and challenges

Traveling always has its challenges, and certainly following a controversial pipeline more than 2,000 miles to tell stories monied interests don't want told doesn't sound easy to us either. We vow to honestly relate the stories that we hear from people on the ground, despite any pressure from those hoping to keep them quiet.

Challenges may arise from burnout, from fragile technology, from weather, or from unreliable transportation. We commit to communicating directly with our funders as challenges to completion arise, and also to sticking with the project so that we can ultimately create something we are all proud of.

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