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Protesting Tar Sands In Mobile

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MOBILE, Alabama -

Protesters are putting up a fight against tar sands coming to Mobile.

"This is a total source of pollution for this city and it's also a very high risk for explosions and derailments," said a protester.

Gulf Coast Asphalt has plans to store and transport tar sands from Canada. Part of the plan is to build a pipeline beneath the Mobile River to transport the sands to refineries in other parts of the country.

The Mobile City Council has given it's consent, but the protesters are marching through downtown Mobile hoping it's not too late to stop the project.

"We don't want it, take it back. I know you've committed millions of dollars, but you never asked me if you could use those millions," said a protester.

Tar sands are basically sand with oil trapped in them. The sands are then processed and refined into crude oil.

Mobile Baykeeper's Casi Callaway is monitoring the situation closely.

"We are researching all of these issues and we'll work to make sure only the best projects come to our community," said Callaway.

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