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Foes of the Keystone XL pipeline are being taught how to be arrested in case the project is approved.

Opponents view the pipeline as a threat to the environment.

Teaching sessions were held during two weekends this month in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and five other cities.

The students learned how to pick protest targets such as federal building and generate media coverage.

They were also taught “how to pick a lawyer who can say whether local laws will require time in jail,” Bloomberg said.

About 100,000 people in 30 states have committed to protests and civil disobedience if the Keystone pipeline is approved.

TransCanada Corp. applied five years ago for a permit to build the pipeline across the U.S.-Canadian border to link Alberta’s oil sands with refineries in Texas andLouisiana.

In January, release of the State Department’s final environmental review attracted more than 1 million public comments.

Eleven Senate Democrats, “including five up for re-election, sent President Obama a letter last week urging he approve Keystone by the end of next month,” Bloomberg said.

The Laborers’ International Union of North America sent letters last week to 27 House Democrats, criticizing their opposition to the project.

In letters to members, the union said: “These so-called ‘friends’ of ours are destroying good-paying work opportunities with family-supporting benefits, at a time when LIUNA members are trying to put food on their tables, keep roofs over their heads, and maintain middle-class lifestyles.”