President Obama at past White House Tribal Nations Conference
WASHINGTON— Following up on his vow to veto the Keystone XL pipeline legislation, President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed the Congressional action.
The 114th Congress passed legislation in an attempt to force President Obama to approve the proposed pipeline that would have been operated by TransCanada.
The President’s veto was met with enthusiasm among American Indians who resisted its passage for ever since its proposed route was announced. The proposed pipeline coming down through the Plains states has caused great concern, particularly among the Lakota in South Dakota.
PHOTO Courtesy: Frank Waln
The 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.
The President seeing the problems that the oil industry has created, has refused to let it continue. The dirty oil from the proposed pipeline will not be sent down from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. This oil comes from tar sands, which is very dirty oil.
With the support of several American Indian tribes, the National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution opposing the pipeline in 2011.