A 68-year-old Toronto woman, Patricia Warwick, was among 50 environmental activists handcuffed and taken to jail yesterday on the second day of peaceful White House protests against TransCanada’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
Fifty protesters are already in jail following their arrests on Saturday, the opening day of a two-week civil disobedience campaign. They’re expected to be released tonight.
U.S. President Barack Obama will decide by the end of the year whether to allow TransCanada to build the controversial, $7-billion US pipeline. It will transport millions of barrels of Alberta oilsands crude a week through the American heartland and to Gulf Coast refineries.
Advocates say the pipeline will create thousands of American jobs.