Police blanket Parliament as oilsands protestors gather - Macleans.ca

Police blanket Parliament as oilsands protestors gather

Hundreds expected to rally against new oilsands pipeline

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Hundreds of police officers crowded Parliament Hill Monday ahead of a planned protest against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Greenpeace and other environmental groups oppose to the $7 billion project, which would pipe bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to refineries in Texas. Police set up temporary fences on the hill ahead of the demonstration, which was expected to draw hundreds opposed to continued oilsands development. The protest comes after a similar demonstration in Washington, D.C., led to dozens of arrests.

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