Tell the U.S. State Dept: NO Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. Department of State

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The U.S. State Department is now accepting public comments until Nov. 18 on a new draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline project.

Tribal Nations, landowners and Water Protectors have stood together for ten years fighting this "black snake," as TransCanada has trampled the sovereign rights of Tribal Nations, and abused eminent domain for private gain to try to take pristine farmland against the wishes of families who have stewarded the land for generations.

The KXL pipeline would pump the dirtiest tarsands oil on the planet from where it's mined in Alberta, Canada, threatening the heartland of America and the precious Ogallala aquifer along the way to a Saudi-owned refinery on the Gulf Coast, where it will be then shipped to overseas markets.

The Keystone XL pipeline was a bad idea when it was proposed 11 years ago, and it remains a bad idea today. TransCanada bullies landowners. TransCanada ignores meaningful consultation with Tribal Nations. TransCanada tries to buy off County Board members. TransCanada minimizes the real risks to our water, and endangered species like the Whooping Crane and the burying beetle.

Update: TransCanada's original Keystone pipeline constructed in 2010 just experienced its 20th spill since it began operation -- at least 380,000 gallons leaked in a "high impact" spill affecting wetlands in northeastern North Dakota on Oct. 30, 2019.

Site of 10/30/19 TransCanada Keystone pipeline spill in North Dakota
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The State Department's draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) purports to analyze, among other things, the new "Mainline Alternative Route" through Nebraska. But in reality, it merely collects some slapdash surveys conducted last summer on the new route. That route had never over the past ten years undergone any substantial review of environmental or cultural resources, such as Tribal sacred sites, before it was approved by the Nebraska Public Service Commission in November 2017.

This Trump State Department-led review also furthers an outrageous violation of the due process rights of landowners on the recently chosen “alternative” route in Nebraska, who never knew they were facing a tar sands pipeline across their farms, and had no opportunity as impacted landowners to object in any of the public hearings or official reviews during the Public Service Commission process.

Of critical importance, the draft report also concedes that there would be adverse impacts to the land on the Tanderup Farm in Neligh, Nebraska, where allies including the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma and Ponca Tribe of Nebraska along with the Cowboy and Indian Alliance have grown Ponca Sacred Corn for the past six years. Last summer, the Tanderup family deeded the land where the corn is grown, which also lies on the historic Ponca Trail of Tears -- and is on the proposed Keystone XL route -- back to the Ponca Nation of Nebraska. The draft SEIS acknowledges that construction of the pipeline would disturb this sacred land.

The Keystone XL pipeline was a bad idea when it was proposed 11 years ago, and it remains a bad idea today. TransCanada bullies landowners. TransCanada ignores meaningful consultation with Tribal Nations. TransCanada tries to buy off County Board members. TransCanada minimizes the real risks to our water, and endangered species like the Whooping Crane and the burying beetle.

TransCanada's first "Keystone pipeline" just experienced its at least 20th spill since it began operation in 2011 -- 380,000 gallons leaked in a "high impact" spill affecting wetlands in northeastern North Dakota on Oct. 30, 2019. Both federal and state elected officials have called on the company to explain its abysmal safety record. It is not in the U.S. national interest to approve another permit for a continent-spanning pipeline to this company.

Signed,