On Halloween night, protesters are assembling in Austin, Texas to demonstrate against the Keystone XL pipeline ... and have a little holiday fun while they're at it.
KVUE news reports the protesters, who have been dubbed "oil zombies" will take to the streets around Austin City Hall. Their protest is focused on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which would stretch from Canada to Texas and deliver up to 700,00 barrels of oil daily.
Over the weekend, two dozen other "zombies" in Dimock Township, Pennsylvania protested natural gas drilling and the recent decision to let a natural gas company "stop supplying fresh bottled and bulk water to township residents whose well water has been tainted with methane," according to The Scranton Times Tribune.
The Obama administration is expected to make a final decision on the pipeline's approval by the end of this year. Last week, Obama announced that his government had not yet reached their final decision.
The pipeline supporters say that it will lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil and create jobs. Opponents counter that the oil that the pipeline will pump is more polluting than other sources, and a leak in the pipeline could cause environmental problems for an important Midwestern water source. Thousands of protesters have signed up to join Tar Sands Action for another pipeline protest at the White House on November 6th.
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