29 cited, released in Keystone XL protest in SF

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 5, 2014 at 6:42 pm •  Published: February 5, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities in San Francisco have cited more than two-dozen demonstrators for blocking entrances to the Federal Building in protest of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Police and officers from the Federal Protective Services cited 29 protesters and immediately released them.

The $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. The project has lingered for more than five years and has become a symbol of the debate over climate change. A 30-day public comment period on a final environmental impact report on the project began Wednesday.

Pipeline supporters say it will create thousands of jobs and move the U.S. toward North American energy independence.

Opponents say the pipeline would carry "dirty oil" that contributes to global warming.