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For Immediate Release: Nov. 3rd, 2015

Contact: Dallas Goldtooth, KXL Campaign Organizer, Indigenous Environmental Network, 708-515-6158, ienpipeline@igc.org

Indigenous Environmental Network Responds to TransCanada Request for State Dept to “Suspend” KXL Application

Yesterday, TransCanada corporation requested that the State Department pause its review of its tar sands Keystone XL pipeline, citing the uncertain status of the route in Nebraska.

The following statement is given by Indigenous Environmental Network Executive Director, Tom Goldtooth:

“We see this as a last ditch effort for the TransCanada corporation to avoid a rejection of its presidential permit application and is a clear stall strategy that hopes for a supportive President from the 2016 elections.

This dirty tar sands pipeline has met immense organized resistance from the Dene and Cree First Nations and the Métis community at its source, through the traditional lands and territories of the Oceti Sakowin, also known as the Great Sioux Nation, and from the Ponca people of the southern Great Plains. The mobilization of Tribal nations and the Native grassroots and youth, coupled with alliances with non-native landowners, helped the fight against Keystone XL pipeline become the marquee fight for the US climate justice movement.

Tribal Nations of the Oceti Sakowin have reiterated their opposition to the KXL pipeline in defense of their ancestral homelands, including but not limited to the territory of the Great Sioux Nation, as recognized in the Fort Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868. Standing in solidarity with tribal governments and traditional treaty councils of the Oceti Sakowin, we ask the State Department to refuse TransCanada’s request to delay this application and ask President Obama to take the opportunity to reject this pipeline once and for all!”

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Nebraska Approves KXL Route: Indigenous Groups Respond

Lincoln, NE – Today, November 20, 2017, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) announced their approval of the permit for the Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline to cross through the state. Nebraska was one of the last strongholds in the fight to prevent KXL from being completed. This announcement comes just days after the KXL pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota and after the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP23, where Indigenous Peoples from across the world have spent two weeks advocating to stop new oil development and to keep fossil fuels in the ground. In addition, today, November 20th, marks the anniversary of the night the US National Guard and North Dakota Law Enforcement used water cannons on peaceful protesters at Standing Rock in subzero temperatures to protect the interests of Energy Transfer Partners.

Even with this decision, TransCanada has an uphill battle moving forward. The NPSC rejected TransCanada’s preferred route, so TransCanada will have to go through a new planning process for new pumping stations, acquire new easements from landowners, and there’s an opportunity for pipeline fighters to demand a new environmental impact statement for the new route segments.

Watch Keystone XL Victory Chat with our Most Visionary and Determined Leaders…

rejectandprotectvictoryOn Watch the webcast!!! We’ve saved it just for you… Thursday, Nov. 12, IEN is co-sponsored a live video webinar with the Keystone XL fight’s most visionary and determined leaders — from the front lines in Nebraska and South Dakota, to the halls of Washington, to student leaders — to say thank you and take stock of what this victory means while it’s fresh in our minds.

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