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Keystone Pipeline Protest: Over 300 College Students Arrested

Protestors formed a "human oil spill" outside the White House


white house ovalOn Sunday, a crowd of roughly 1,200 college students assembled outside the White House rallying against the proposed Keystone Pipeline, which would carry crude from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in the U.S., including those along the Gulf Coast.

This weekend’s protest drew students from 80 colleges and universities. The aim was to pressure the administration of President Barack Obama to reject plans to build the Keystone Pipeline. More than 300 students were arrested after they swarmed the White House gates, while others attached themselves to the White House fence with plastic zip ties, Politico noted.

In addition to protest banners and anti Keystone Pipeline chants, some students formed a “human oil spill” by laying on a black tarp that had been spread on the ground. Other protestors dropped toy lobsters and birds — smeared with black paint — into the “oil spill.”

The Keystone Pipeline requires approval from the U.S. government before it can be built. The Obama administration has repeatedly delayed a final decision on the project.

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