Court Upholds Ruling, Blocking Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline

Protesters braved cold & rain to rally against the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. Photo Courtesy: Martine Zee

Published March 16, 2019

This decision continues to delay construction for Keystone XL as communities lead resistance efforts against the pipeline

BILLINGS, Mont. On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld its previous ruling blocking construction on the Keystone XL pipeline. The company behind the pipeline, TransCanada, has claimed that if construction on Keystone XL did not begin before March 15, it would cost them the entire 2019 construction season.

This decision is one of several challenges facing the Keystone XL pipeline. In Nebraska, farmers and ranchers are fighting in court to cancel TransCanada’s permit for construction through the state. Additionally, more than 20,000 people have signed the ‘Promise to Protect,’ a commitment to join future creative resistance against Keystone XL if called upon by Indigenous leaders.

Next week, leaders behind the ‘Promise to Protect’ will begin a national tourto bring training and skills to communities around the country on resisting Keystone XL and other fossil fuel projects. The tour will stop in 10 cities, with trainings held by Indigenous leaders and local organizations working to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground.


Faith Spotted Eagle, member of the Yankton Sioux Nation and Brave Heart Society: “This latest decision puts a halt to TransCanada’s frenzied efforts to force construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. No means no! Common sense prevails.”

Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network Executive Director: “This decision is a big step towards victory. The courts have sided with us. Oceti Sakowin, Umoⁿhoⁿ, and Ponca nations along the pipeline route stand with us. First Nations people at the source of the tar sands stand with us. It’s time for TransCanada to face the facts, the resistance to stop this dirty tar sands project is unified and not diminishing. In the defense of the sacred, we will continue to fight, until we win.”

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