Pipe for Keystone XL Pipeline Arrives

According to Montana’s KRTV, pipe and materials to build the Keystone XL pipeline are beginning to arrive in Montana and South Dakota.  “Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson said the company told her they could expect 40 to 45 trucks carrying pipe to go through the area every day.” A TransCanada spokesman says construction of the pipeline is expected to begin next spring or summer.

According to 350.org, “in August, a federal judge ruled that the federal review of the pipeline was inadequate – so the Trump Administration came back just 37 days later with another rushed job claiming the impacts of the project would be “minor.” Yet just last year, the Keystone 1 pipeline spilled more than 200,000 gallons of dirty oil in South Dakota. 

This fight is about to ramp up, but we’re ready. There are three active lawsuits, 17,000+ people ready to take peaceful action in solidarity with Indigenous communities on the route if called upon, and a strong coalition led by Indigenous leaders that’s prepared to take on whatever comes.”

According to Bold Nebraska, “the draft SEIS states that, while ‘cultural resources’ reviews remain ongoing, the Mainline Alternative route, which would cross the historic Ponca Trail of Tears, and come within 25 miles of the grave of Standing Bear, would have only “minor” impacts on these sacred sites. [1] Tribal Nations have continuously protested that TransCanada and the U.S. government have failed to conduct proper consultation with them about the project as sovereign nations.”

You can submit comments about the Keystone pipeline here. The deadline for accepting comments is November 8th, 2018.

[1] “Keystone XL Pipeline Advances Despite Incomplete Surveys of Tribal Sites,” Indianz.com, 7/31/18.

 

 

 

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