On August 12, activists protesting the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline gathered outside the Harry S Truman Building, which houses the offices of the U.S. State Department. Although only slightly more than 100 people showed up for the protest, another 70,000 have already promised to support actions of civil disobedience aimed at stopping the pipeline from being constructed. Protestors are citing several recent environmental disasters and industrial accidents, such as the chemical plant accident in Louisiana that killed one and injured 73 others, as reasons why the pipeline should not be built. Protests Planned Last April Environmental activists opposing the Keystone XL project pledged to organize protests and acts of civil disobedience last April. Organizers said that these acts would go above and beyond those employed in the past, such as chaining themselves to construction equipment to prevent it from being used. Instead, protestors will be targeting government meetings, political fundraisers and the offices of federal agencies. The first protest outside the State Department building attracted an assortment of people from all walks of life who shared the common goal of preventing any type of man-made disaster or chemical plant accident that could significantly impact the environment and thousands of nearby residents. Police arrived to the scene early and set up barricades to keep the protest under control. This prevented the protestors from initiating their original plan to block the doors until they were physically removed and arrested. However, the students, seniors and peaceful environmentalists remained outside the building chanting and brandishing professionally produced protest signs emblazoned with the logo of Credo. Credo is an organization of environmental activists that was started in 1985 to initiate social change and now offers specialized mobile phone service to fund activists and related nonprofit organizations. Credo claims a membership of more than 3 million people, and in 2012, the organization formed a Super PAC that raised $2.5 million to fight the campaigns of Tea Party and Republican candidates. Protest Initiated Over Allegedly Flawed Report The protest of the State Department was initiated after the government agency released a report last March that stated that the Keystone XL pipeline would not expand to the Canadian oil sands in Alberta. The assessment went on to state that the project would not impact the environment or the climate in any way. TransCanada Corp., the company proposing to build the pipeline, supported the assessment with its own research, stating that Keystone XL would actually reduce production in the oil sands and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. John Sellers, founder of The Other 98% and one of the organizers of the protest, made a statement regarding the alleged bias and flaws in the report. Sellers said, "The State Department just got caught in bed with big oil in their environmental assessment." The report published last March was only an early assessment. The State Department, under the leadership of John Kerry, will continue to review the Keystone XL project. However, the activists singled out President Obama because he has the final say on whether it will be built. Elijah Zarlin, speaking on behalf of Credo, said, "More and more, we think Obama's getting the message. We know the president is the ultimate decider." About the Keystone XL Pipeline Keystone XL is a massive $5.3 billion dollar project to construct a pipeline from the oil sands in Alberta, Canada, through two other Canadian provinces and at least 10 U.S. states. The final phase of the plan will connect it to the new Gulf Coast pipeline, which was 80 percent complete as of last July. Protestors fighting the Keystone XL project say that environmental and health disasters are sure to result sooner or later. Currently, the only recourse for those affected by wrongful death in an industrial accident is to seek help from an industrial accident attorney.