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White House Press Announcement About Cushing Event – No Voters Need Attend

March 20, 2012

The full White House press announcement is below.  The locals in Oklahoma have noticed that not only is the event closed to the public, nobody is allowed within 6 miles.  Protestors must stay within a small fenced area in a park or risk arrest.  They note the irony of the difference between this treatment of average citizens and the “fast track” special treatment being offered to TransCanada.

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2012

President Obama to Travel to Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, the President will travel to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  On Thursday, he will visit the Cushing, Oklahoma area to discuss his Administration’s commitment to improving and supporting the infrastructure that helps us leverage our domestic resources, while also ensuring these projects are developed in a safe and responsible way. This includes a pipeline that will transport oil from Cushing to the Gulf of Mexico, which will help address the bottleneck of oil that has resulted in large part from increased domestic oil production in the Midwest.  The President will deliver remarks at a storage yard holding pipes that will be used for the construction of the pipeline. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed members of the press but closed to the public.

Members of the media who wish to RSVP for the arrival of Air Force One should RSVP HEREby 5:00PM CDT/6:00PM EDT, Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

Members of the media who wish to RSVP for the President’s remarks should RSVP HERE by 5:00PM CDT/6:00PM EDT, Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

Members of the media who wish to RSVP for the departure of Air Force One should RSVPHERE by 5:00PM CDT/6:00 PM EDT, Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY, NOT FOR REPORTING

All times are Central Daylight Time.

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2012

Air Force One Arrival

Tinker Air Force Base

7460 Arnold Street

Tinker AFB OK 73145-9005

Air Force One Arrival Time: 9:25 p.m. CDT

Media Coverage:  The event is open to pre-credentialed media.

Media Pre-set/Entrance:  5:00 p.m. CDT – 6:00 p.m. CDT (All equipment must be dropped at the site no later than 5:00 p.m. CDT; media will not have access to equipment from 6:00 p.m. CDT – 8:00 p.m. CDT).  Media who need to pre-set equipment should be at the Tinker Air Force Base Airpark parking lot by 4:30 pm CDT.  (Southern intersection of Air Depot Boulevard and Interstate I-40).  Media that arrive after 4:30 pm will not be able to pre-set equipment.

Satellite Truck Entrance:  Satellite trucks need to be at the Tinker Air Force Base Airpark parking lot by 4:30 pm CDT.  (Southern intersection of Air Depot Boulevard and Interstate I-40).  Satellite trucks that arrive after 4:30 pm will not be able to cover the arrival of Air Force One.

General Media Entrance/Access: Media need to be in place at the Tinker Air Force Base Airpark parking lot by 7:30 pm.  (Southern intersection of Air Depot Boulevard and Interstate I-40).  Media who arrive after 7:30 pm will not be able to cover the arrival of Air Force One.  Media will begin check-in at 8:00 pm.

Final Media Access: 7:30 p.m. CDT (All media must be at the Tinker Air Force Base Airpark parking lot by 7:30 pm. Late arrivals will not be able to cover AF1.

Directions to Tinker Air Force Base Airpark Parking Lot:

– From the south traveling on Interstate I-35:  Take West I-40 to Air Depot Boulevard Exit (one exit past E 29th Street)

– From the North traveling on I-35: Take West I-40 to Air Depot Boulevard Exit (one exit past E 29th Street)

– From the East traveling on I-40:  Continue on West I-40 to Air Depot Boulevard Exit (one exit past E 29th Street)

– From the West traveling on I-40:  Continue on East I-40 to Air Depot Boulevard Exit (one exit past Eaker Gate/Mid America Boulevard exit)

Satellite Truck Parking:  Live trucks will be directed on-site and must arrive during media pre-set. Live trucks should be cabled-in by 6:00 p.m. CDT.

Throw: 170 feet

Cable Run: 700 feet

*NOTE:  Workspace and power are not available on site.

Press Contact for logistical and planning purposes only:  Samantha Finke, 202-503-5685mobile or sfinke@who.eop.gov

THURSDAY, March 22, 2012

President Obama Remarks at TransCanada Pipe Yard

TransCanada Pipe Yard

2215 South Ripley Road

Stillwater, OK 74023

Event Time: 9:55am CDT

Media Coverage:  The event is open to pre-credentialed media.

Media Pre-set:  4:30am-6:00am CDT (All equipment must be dropped at the site no later than 5:45am; media will not have access to equipment from 6:00am CDT-8:00am CDT).  Media who need to pre-set equipment should be at the parking lot of Ripley High school (403 East Cook Ripley, Oklahoma 74062) to be shuttled from the high school to the event site.   The shuttle will begin at 4:30 am and the last shuttle will depart at 5:00 am CDT.  Vehicles will not be allowed on the event site aside from Satellite trucks.  Media that arrive at the parking lot after 5:00 a.m. CDT will not be able to access the site to pre-set equipment.

Satellite Truck Entrance:  Satellite trucks can begin parking at the TransCanada pipe yard at 4:30a.m. CDT and must arrive no later than 5:00 am.  Satellite trucks arriving after 5:00 a.m. CDT will not be permitted on site.

*Note: Due to the location of the event, the above address typed into a GPS will not take you directly to the site so please use the directions below.  If you go exactly 1.2 miles from the intersection listed in the directions below you will be at the exact location for the entrance to the field.

Directions to the site for Satellite Trucks: 

–          From Highway 51 going east toward Cushing, turn right (south) on Highway 108 and go 1.2 miles.   The field is on the left hand side off of Highway 108.

–          From Highway 51 going west toward Stillwater, turn left (south) onto Highway 108 and go 1.2 miles.  The field is on the left hand side off of Highway 108.

General Media Entrance/Access:  Media will need to park at the Ripley High School parking lot (403 East Cook Ripley, Oklahoma 74062).  Shuttles will begin running at 8:00 a.m. CDT.  Media check in will take place immediately upon arrival to the site.  The first shuttle will depart the parking lot at 8:00 am CDT and the last shuttle will depart at 8:45 am CDT.  Media who arrive after 8:45 a.m. CDT will not be able to cover the event.

Final Media Access: 8:45 a.m. CDT (All media must be at the Ripley High School parking lot by 8:45 a.m.  Late arrivals will not have access to the site.)

Satellite Truck Parking:  Live trucks will be directed once on-site and must arrive during media pre-set.  Live trucks should be cabled-in by 5:45 a.m. CDT.  *Note:  Satellite Trucks must bring cable covers.

Throw: 45 feet

Cable Run: 700 feet

* NOTE:  Workspace and power are not available on site.

Press Contact for logistical and planning purposes only:  Desiree Barnes, 202-757-9650.

Air Force One Departure

Tinker Air Force Base

7460 Arnold Street

Tinker AFB OK 73145-9005

Air Force One Departure Time: 12:20 p.m. CDT

Media Coverage:  The event is open to pre-credentialed media.

Satellite Truck Entrance:  Satellite trucks need to be in place at the Tinker Air Force Base Airpark parking lot by 9:00 am CDT.  (Southern intersection of Air Depot Boulevard and Interstate I-40).  Satellite trucks that arrive after 9:00 am CDT will not be able to cover the arrival of Air Force One.

General Media Entrance: Media need to be in place at the Tinker Air Force Base Airpark parking lot by 10:30 am CDT.  (Southern intersection of Air Depot Boulevard and Interstate I-40).  Media who arrive after 10:30 am will not be able to cover the arrival of Air Force One

Directions to Tinker Air force Base:

– From the south traveling on Interstate I-35:  Take West I-40 to Air Depot Boulevard Exit (one exit past E 29th Street)

– From the North traveling on I-35: Take West I-40 to Air Depot Boulevard Exit (one exit past E 29th Street)

– From the East traveling on I-40:  Continue on West I-40 to Air Depot Boulevard Exit (one exit past E 29th Street)

– From the West traveling on I-40:  Continue on East I-40 to Air Depot Boulevard Exit (one exit past Eaker Gate/Mid America Boulevard exit)

Satellite Truck Parking:  Live trucks will be directed on-site and must arrive during media pre-set. Live trucks should be cabled-in by 11:00 a.m. CDT.

Throw: 170 feet

Cable Run: 700 feet

Media Pre-set:  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CDT (All equipment must be dropped at the site no later than 11:00 a.m. CDT; media will not have access to equipment from 11:00 a.m.  – 12:00 a.m. CDT).

Media Access:  11:30 a.m. CDT

Final Media Access: 12:00 p.m. CDT (All media must be at the site by 10:30 a.m. CDT.  Late arrivals will not have access).

* NOTE: Workspace and power are not available on site.

Press Contact for logistical and planning purposes only:  Samantha Finke, 202-503-5685mobile or sfinke@who.eop.gov

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