Keystone XL Pipeline protest in Washington, DC
Published September 22, 2015
DES MOINES – Speaking at a town hall in Des Moines, Iowa, Hillary Clinton, who is running for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination has come out opposing the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. The announcement will please many American Indians and Democrats who oppose the pipeline because of environmental reasons.
Clinton, who served the U.S. Secretary of State under President Barack Obama had been declining to take a stance on the issue all summer long. She cited her involvement with the approval process while she served as Secretary of State. Many in the Democratic Party urged her to let her position be known.
“I thought this would be decided by now, and therefore I could tell you whether I agree or disagree,” she said Tuesday. “But it hasn’t been decided and I feel now I’ve got a responsibility to you and to voters who ask me about this.”
American Indians across Indian Country oppose the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. With the support of several American Indian tribes, the National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution opposing the pipeline in 2011.
The Keystone XL pipeline project is a 1700 mile long crude oil pipeline that would transport between 700,000 to 900,000 barrels of crude oil per day. This pipeline is planned to 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 for storage and export overseas.