Judge Ruling Overturns Trump Adminstration’s Approval of the Keystone XL PipelineTweet
November 9th, 2018 – In a major victory for Tribes, land owners and environmentalists a US Federal judge in Montana overturned the Trump Administration’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Additionally, an injunction was issued stopping all construction of the tar sands pipeline.
In March 2017, a group of plaintiffs that included; the Indigenous Environmental Network, North Coast Rivers Alliance, Northern Plains Resource Council, Bold Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled that the Trump administration, “violated federal environmental laws when his administration claimed that the Keystone XL was consistent with the public interest.”
He ruled that the administration violated the National Environmental Policy Act, NEPA, and the Administrative Procedure Act because:
1) President Trump disregarded prior factual findings by former Secretary of State John Kerry that the Keystone XL Pipeline would unjustifiably worsen climate change,
2) failed to conduct an adequate survey of Native American cultural resources that would be harmed by the pipeline,
(3) failed to provide adequate modeling of potential oil spills and their impacts on water resources,
(4) failed to analyze the cumulative effects of this project on greenhouse gas emissions, and
(5) failed to address the effects of current oil prices on the viability of the project.
Last Real Indians reached out to organizers for reaction to the ruling.
“This court ruling is vindication for what we’ve said all along that the presidential permit was illegal. As Lakota we have always said No means no. We know this pipeline will cause dire consequences not only for us in our homelands but for the world. We will continue to fight this project from the boardrooms and shareholder meetings to boots on the ground in the prairie. This zombie eline will be defeated once and for all.” Joye Braun
“The KXL pipeline has been blocked with a court order by a federal judge in Montana and they will be required to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) please be aware that this does not mean that the pipeline is completely stopped. We must stand together to ensure that the pipeline is stopped we stand with the hard work of those who were able to win in court. Mni Wiconi.” Ladonna Bravebull Allard
“Trump’s climate agenda to set fire to the already sinking ship took a big hit by a steady thorn in his side — the judiciary. Some judges are willing to uphold laws written to protect the citizens interests, like NEPA, the nearly 50yr old bedrock of public participation on matters concerning the environment. CEQ was reviewing KXL back when I was interning there in 2011, it’s been incredible to see the swell of resistance, of indigenous voices, of climate awareness, of clean drinking water being uplifted, followed by Trump’s unfettered corporate corruption, and the subsequent backlash of engaged citizens. Humanity won with this ruling, as they did against Kinder Morgan up north. Indigenous resistance is powerful, Mother Earth’s voice grows louder with each new frontline. Tar sands are a destructive, dying industry. I hope the judiciary here in Minnesota stands strong with the people on Line 3, the last remaining major tar sands project in play.” Tara Houska