A Maryland state senator and more than a hundred other people were arrested in front of the White House for protesting a proposal to build an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.
A large crowd of onlookers cheered on the protestors as they walked to a waiting bus with their hands tied. Maryland State Senator Paul Pinsky was one of those arrested. Even though the 1,700 mile pipeline would be on the other side of the country, he says fighting green house gas emitting oil policies is important for his district.
“Well, that issue doesn’t stop at our borders," says Pinsky. "You can’t stop greenhouse gas at I-95 or Hartford County. It’s a broader issue. It has implications for us.”
The State Department recently released a report which found the pipeline would have no significant environmental impact. Today is the last day of the White House protests over the proposal, but activists vow to keep fighting -- even if that means a protracted court battle.