Trump Announces Keystone XL Approved, for a Second Time Indigenous Environmental Network Responds

A federal judge stopped construction of the Keystone XL pipeline; Trump is trying to go around the judge.

Published March 30, 2019

WASHINGTON  — The Trump administration that has attempted to allude federal environmental laws from its beginning is now trying a new tactic.

Two years after he signed an executive memorandum to allow construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, President Donald Trump issued a revised Executive Order on Friday to approve pipeline that has been stalled in two different federal courts.

Citing a the Trump administration’s lack of consideration of potential oil spills, a federal judge last November blocked the construction of the pipeline that President Barack Obama would not approve during his presidency.

The president through Friday’s new Executive Order is attempting to circumvent federal environmental laws that apply to federal agencies: Such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act and the Endangered Species Act.

After president signed his new Executive Order, the Indigenous Environmental Network issued the following statement:

“This is clearly an attack on environmental law procedure and violates the right to free, prior, and informed consent from the tribal nations that call the ‘Medicine line’ (the US-Canadian border) traditional and ancestral home territory. Two federal courts have already agreed with us, that any action by the president to ram this dirty tar sands pipeline thru is premature and unlawful. In defense of the sacred and the protection of Indigenous peoples, we will continue to fight this pipeline, even if that means further legal action against the office of the President of the United States.”

Many American Indian tribes have long opposed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Keystone XL Pipeline protest in Washington, DC






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