Breaking: Federal Court Overrules Trump and Calls For Full Environmental Review of Keystone XL in Nebraska

Yesterday I wrote about the Keystone XL Pipeline resistance. Later in the day, Promise to Protect published this press release:

“Lower Brule, SD — Today, a federal court ruled the State Department must conduct an environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline route in Nebraska. Last November, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a “Mainline Alternative” route for the pipeline through the state. Tribes and landowners have since challenged the PSC decision. The federal court ruling is a strong affirmation of their claims and an impediment to the TransCanada corporation pipeline.

In one of his first acts in office, President Trump revived the Keystone XL pipeline, previously scrapped by President Obama due to serious environmental, climate and legal concerns. Communities across the country have taken to the streets to protest the decision, and more than 17,000 people have signed the “Promise to Protect,” committing to action along the proposed route for Keystone XL if called upon by Indigenous leaders.”

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Yesterday’s post included information about Promise to Protect, a way you can be involved in the present day Keystone resistance. You can sign the promise, as I did, here

This court ruling is great news. Even in this anti-environment Republican administration, the courts can be a check and balance.

Another court case, this one in Iowa, has the potential to stop the flow of oil in the Dakota Access Pipeline. Iowa landowners are challenging the misuse of eminent domain to force them to allow the pipeline to be constructed on their land.  One of the purposes of the First Nation-Farmer Climate Unity March is to call attention to this court case.

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