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Hundreds Of Arrests Made After Protests Over Keystone XL

Hundreds were arrested after tying themselves to the White House fence to protest the controversial pipeline extension.
Posted at 11:01 PM, Mar 02, 2014

Nothing quite says "college experience" like getting arrested during a protest. Hundreds of students did just that while speaking out against the controversial Keystone XL pipeline extension and tying themselves to the White House fence Sunday afternoon.

Chanting "Hey, Obama! We don't want no pipeline drama," the protestors marched from Georgetown University to the White House, where they set up a fake oil spill to roll around in. (Via Global News)

The Keystone XL pipeline extension, proposed in 2008, would add onto the existing Keystone pipeline to cross the U.S. from Montana to Nebraska — and is a frequent target of protests by student groups. (Via RT)

A University of Vermont student told the The Washington Post“People need to be aware of the fact that fossil fuels at this point are obsolete."

Another student writing for The Nation said: "As young people, we’ll be living with the results of this decision for the rest of our lives."

Students weren't the only ones participating in the protests, though — the crowd of more than 500 included folks from various environmental groups and a candidate for the U.S. Senate. 

Chris Wahmhoff, the Senate hopeful and a member of the Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands, told the crowd, "The sick people in Michigan, the sick people in Canada, they’re looking to you." Wahmhoff was recently cleared of trespassing charges for spending 10 hours protesting inside an unfinished oil pipeline on his 35th birthday. (Via Politico)

More than 200 protestors had been arrested by the end of the day.