Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Passed by U.S. House of Representatives; Senate to Vote Tuesday on Bill

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp was established to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp was established to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.

“Our Tribe has declared war on the Keystone XL pipeline.”

– Oglala Sioux Tribe’s President Bryan Brewer

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, November 14, 2014. The House vote was 252 – 161.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill next Tuesday. On Friday night, various news sources reported there are some 59 votes in the Senate with some senators still publically undecided. The filibuster-proof majority is 60 votes.

The Keystone XL 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.

Many American Indian tribes and environmentalists oppose the pipeline.

The proposed pipeline coming down through the Plains states has caused great concern, particularly among the Oglala in South Dakota.

TransCanada’s proposed pipeline route is right though the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations. It will cross the Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System in two places.

“We knew this day would come. But, our Tribe has declared war on the Keystone XL pipeline. We will have to do what we have to do to stop it,” commented Oglala Sioux Tribe’s  President Bryan Brewer to Native New Online on Friday evening. 

President Brewer said he and other South Dakota tribal leaders will be in Washington, D.C. next week to talk to White House officials about wind energy, but is definite Keystone will be discussed.

If passed by the House and Senate, the bill would go to President Obama who could veto the measure. President Obama is in Asia this week, but the White House hinted the president would veto the bill.

During a press conference in Burma on Friday, President Obama told reporters he rejects two arguments supporters of Keystone XL make saying he has “to constantly push back against this idea that somehow the Keystone pipeline is either this massive jobs bill for the United States or is somehow lowering gas prices.”












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