Protesters braved cold & rain to rally against the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. Photo Courtesy: Martine Zee
A new pipeline battle is on the horizon for American Indians
Published November 9, 2016
WASHINGTON — A new pipeline battle is on the horizon for American Indian water protectors who have been staging strong resistance at Standing Rock.
With the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States and the Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, the northern route of the Keystone XL pipeline is due to become a reality.
The Keystone XL has long a battle cry for Republicans who falsely proclaim it will bring thousands of jobs to the American economy.
The Obama administration rejected the pipeline last November. With Tuesday’s election, Keystone will come back from the dead.
Last month, Trump revealed several things he will do on his first day in office. His sixth action on his list is: Lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline project was a 1700-mile-long crude oil pipeline that would have transported between 700,000 to 900,000 barrels of crude oil per day. This pipeline was 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.
A line of young trees planted by women near Standing Rock
Now, that he has been elected president, this will become reality.
While campaigning for the presidency, Trump made a speech before an oil and gas industry conference on May 26, 2016 in North Dakota.
“I want it built, but I want a piece of the profits,” Trump said about the Keystone XL pipeline. “That’s how we’re going to make our country rich again.”
Most assuredly, Trump will be faced with fierce resistance from American Indians, who are currently fighting the further construction of the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
The proposed TransCanada’s proposed Keystone pipeline’s northern route will cross the Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System two places. 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.
President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone project was met with angst by Republicans last November Now that party controls the executive and legislative branches of government, the pipeline is set to become reality.