While the people are banned from the more than 400 shuttered national parks, big oil and gas companies will have no trouble getting in and will continue operations as usual in 12 of the otherwise closed national parks.
Tthe floods have left 10 dead and 200 still unaccounted for, destroyed at least 15,000 homes across 17 counties, damaged at least 11 oil and gas locations, and now the resultant leaks and spills threaten to become a brand new disaster.
The movement, called Fossil Free, features the motto, "It's wrong to profit from wrecking the climate."
The flooding caused the evacuation of 11,750 people; some of those evacuees are reportedly returning home now, only to find their houses destroyed, and in some instances, discovering foul polluted water.
Texas law allows landowners to pump as much water from their wells as they choose - with few restrictions - even if part of that water is siphoned from other landowners or neighboring towns.
Nine weeks ago, oil near a tar sands extraction site in Alberta, Canada, began to leak and ooze from the ground, blackening vegetation and killing wildlife, and it shows no signs of stopping.
Whether the explosion's origins lie in criminal activity or not, the train crash follows a string of oil-related disasters this year, indicating how risky oil transport is.
"From start to finish, these tar sands are a terrible idea."
In the wetlands of northern Alberta, Canada, outside the town of Zama City, everything is stained with the thick, pungent blackness of oil.
Students and concerned citizens from a variety of organizations held a protest at a conference of the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy. The institute promotes use of tar sands, oil shale and coal.