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» Celebrities lend support to B.C. pipeline protest planned for Monday in Victoria

Ellen Page, Daryl Hannah and Mark Ruffalo add names to pipeline protest
by Jonathan Fowlie, Vancouver Sun, published on October 16, 2012 - 3:44 PM EDT

Photograph by: Jason Reed
U.S. actress Daryl Hannah makes a hand-made sign before taking part in a protest against the Keystone XL oil
pipeline, outside the White House in Washington, August 30, 2011. Dozens were arrested in the protest against
the pipeline that, if completed, will stretch from Canada to the gulf coast of the United States.

Mark Ruffalo, Daryl Hannah, Ellen Page and several other well-known celebrities added their support Tuesday to a planned demonstration against pipelines from Alberta's oil sands to the B.C. coast.

"We stand in solidarity with our northern neighbours who are gathering in Victoria to defend the coast and wisely oppose the equally toxic and destructive threat that is the Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline," said Hannah in a written statement issued by Greenpeace Canada, which is helping to organize a rally at the B.C. Legislature next Monday.

"With these exponentially growing movements, the true spirit of the greater good will prevail," added Hannah, who was arrested in Texas on October 4 for blockading the current construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Organizers made clear the celebrities will not be attending the rally in Victoria, but instead are offering their written support in advance.

Ruffalo, an actor most recently featured in The Avengers, called tar sands pipelines "an exercise in folly."

"Real energy independence would be moving ourselves to wind, water and sun and get rid of the toxic, outdated and antiquated fossil fuel paradigm that continues to trample First Nation and land owner rights and destroy fresh water, fresh air and farm land," he said in a statement.

Others offering their support include: Michael Moore, Pamela Anderson, Peter Keleghan and Tantoo Cardinal.

Monday's Defend Our Coast mass sit-in is meant to pressure Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Stephen Harper into opposing projects such as the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, and the proposed Kinder Morgan expansion.

In its news release Tuesday, Greenpeace said more than 3,500 people have signed an online pledge to participate in the protest.

Source: www.vancouversun.com

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