"Keystone XL Protest Draws Hundreds To State Department"

"WASHINGTON -- About 200 environmental activists gathered in front of the State Department Monday morning to protest the proposed expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline through the midwestern United States."

"The protesters silently marched to the entrance to the building, at which point 60 of them engaged in a sit-in outside. Dozens of law enforcement officials, including officers from the Homeland Security Police wearing bulletproof vests, met the protesters at the building's entrance. However, the protesters did not attempt to enter the State Department building, and police did not take action to arrest them.

The event was organized by three activist groups: CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and The Other 98%.

It was designed to encourage federal regulators to reject TransCanada Corporation's application to connect the Canadian phase of the petroleum-carrying pipeline to ports along the Gulf of Mexico."

Ryan Rainey and Caitlin MacNeal report for the Huffington Post August 12, 2013.

Source: Huffington Post, 08/15/2013