For Immediate Release: March 24, 2017
Press Contact: Nicky Vogt at 202-331-2389 or
TODAY, MARCH 24 AT 11: 30 AM EST / 10:30 AM CST
UPDATED TIME: PRESS CALL: Legal Experts, Landowners, Tribal Organizations and Green Groups Vow To Stop KXL Again
Washington, DC – On the heels of the Trump administration’s ill-advised signing of the federal permit on Keystone XL Pipeline, legal minds, landowners and environmental advocates will outline the numerous obstacles to KXL on a press call TODAY, March 24 at 10:30 AM CST / 11:30 AM EST.
Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
Wayne Fredrick, Tribal Council Member, Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Jane Kleeb, President, Bold Alliance
Bill McKibben, Founder,
Anthony Swift, Director, Canada Project, NRDC
WHEN: TODAY, March 24 at 10:30 AM CST / 11:30 AM EST
Background Information:
Despite the approval, there is still no legal route for the pipeline through Nebraska. While TransCanada has applied for a state permit, a decision may take up to 12 months and the permit may be denied. After that, TransCanada must rely on eminent domain to take private lands along the route.
Further, federal statutes governing environmental review, clean water protection and consultation with tribal nations will be violated – resulting in a diverse and determined opposition movement against the KXL Pipeline and elected officials who have favored the fossil fuel agency over workers and citizens.
Finally, since the original proposal, the market conditions for the KXL have drastically deteriorated, as has public support. The pipeline will not use U.S. steel or carry U.S. oil and over half of the products carried by KXL are likely to be exported.
TONIGHT in OMAHA: As a reminder that Trump’s approval of a federal permit for KXL is far from the final word — and that it’s all up to Nebraska now — Bold Nebraska will host a #NoKXL Letter-Writing Party to the Public Service Commission this evening in Omaha at Caffeine Dreams coffeeshop.