The Sierra Club is planning a protest in Washington D.C. Sunday morning across from the White House to protest the apparent impending pumping of oil from the Canadian Tar Sands region into the United States. Much of the petroleum is targeted at the Wood River Refinery, which is undergoing a massive expansion to handle the new business the controversial project is expected to generate.

The Keystone Pipeline still needs final approval from the Obama Administration before they can begin pumping oil, and that is where an appearance of cronyism exists, according to Christine Favilla with the Alton Sierra Club.

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Oil sands reserves have only recently been considered to be part of the world's oil reserves, as higher oil prices and new technology enable them to be profitably extracted and upgraded to usable products. But environmental groups say the tar sands are more environmeltally damaging than traditional crude oil. In an interview two weeks ago on Z-1570, Republican Congressman John Shimkus of Collinsville said the tar sands could help our struggling economy and move away from the need for more oil from the Middle East.