For years, miles of boreal forests in Alberta’s Athabasca Oil Sands have been cleared to mine for tar sands, a combination of clay, sand, water, and the heavy black viscous oil bitumen—it’s an energy-intensive process and possibly “the largest industrial project ever undertaken in human history.” The mining in Athabasca, considered the world’s second-largest oil reserve, has opened the way to potential tar-sands extraction all over the world, and even here in the United States. Construction is under way on the Keystone XL pipeline to carry tar sands from Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas, creating a 2,000-mile-long clearcut through the heart of the country—and since its early planning stages, it has been met with resistance: by First Nations communities defending their homes, by thousands of protesters arrested at the White House, and by a months-long tree-sit in Texas’s Piney Woods. Tar Sands Blockade volunteers Pete Oliver and Ben Jones explain the fight against the pipeline project, share background on tar sands and land seizures, and relate how people all over the country are rising up to defend their homes. Presented in partnership with the Tar Sands Blockade as part of the Town Hall Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.
Tickets are $5 at www.townhallseattle.org or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating. The Pub at Town Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue.
Other Civic Events
Seattle Human Rights Day
A Celebration Honoring the Seattle Human Rights Commission’s 50th Anniversary
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 7:30 – 8:40pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5, suggested donation.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.