Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier in Washington after White House Tribal Nations Conference. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert
Published July 13, 2018
EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. Sometimes Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Fraizer believes “less is more.” It certainly did on Thursday as he sent TransCanada a letter on the company’s plan to build the Keystone XL pipeline (KXL) near the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He used only four words the main body of the letter to make his message clear to the oil company:
“We will be waiting.”
The letter was addressed to Nadine Busmann, Sr. Manager, Indigenous Relations for Governance and the U.S. at TransCanada and sent via email. Chariman Fraizer’s letter was in response to a letter he received this past week from Busmann informing him that TransCanada will be moving pipeline materials into South Dakota and Montana beginning this month. The letter also said “preparatory clearing work” will begin.
Reached by telephone Friday evening by Native News Online, Chairman Fraizer said the Sioux Nation will be ready to fight TransCanada.
“I have been talking to the different tribes from the Sioux Nation in South Dakota and we are willing to fight this pipeline,” Chairman Fraizer says. Fraizer, who was one of the tribal leaders who opposed the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock has long opposed the Keystone XL pipeline.
The proposed KXL Project is a 1700-mile long crude oil pipeline that would transport between 700,000 to 900,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The 1700-mile-long pipeline will extend from Alberta, Canada and pass through the states of Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.
The crude oil is also known as tar-sand oil. What are the tar sands? The tar sands or bitumen is mixture of sand, clay and heavy crude oil. The process to rid the oil of the sand is an environmental nightmare.
Chairman Fraizer wants no part of the KXL near his reservation.