The President of the United States and United States State Department granted
a permit for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline on Friday, March
24, continuing this administration’s reversal of the position held
by President Obama and his administration.
Even with this presidential backing, opponents of the pipeline aren’t
ready to give in to TransCanada Corporation, the company that owns the
pipeline’s efforts without a fight.
Sara Shor, who works for the climate advocacy group for 350.org as a campaign
manager, said that they plan to:
“[R]aise hell at the national level… We’re going to
continue to make Keystone XL a political issue and push every elected
official to come out against this project."
This change in position from the federal level, while disappointing to
the dozens of landowners opposing the $8 billion pipeline, was not unexpected.
Art Tanderup, whose farm lies in the proposed path of the pipeline has
been fighting back both in court and on the land itself. He and his wife
Helen have planted blue, white, red and speckled corn sacred to the local
Ponca Tribe in their fields as part of their continued protest. In an
interview with the Lincoln Journal Star, he commented on the recent permit and said that:
“We’re quite disappointed,” Tanderup said. “Now
we’re looking what we can do to stop it, and obviously that is through
the Nebraska Public Service Commission.”
David Domina, who represents 93 landowners opposing the pipeline, appeared
on CBC News Network to discuss the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The Ponca Tribe also weighed in on the pipeline, criticizing it for the
threat it poses to historic, sacred, cultural and archaeological resources
and sites in both their historical and federally recognized territory.
Tribe Chairman Larry Wright Jr. released a statement, saying that:
“The pipeline has the potential to impact the economic and social
interests of the Tribe as well as the development of the Tribe’s
territory for itself, its members, and all Nebraskans.”
A number of environmental groups, including 350.org, Sierra Club and Bold
Alliance have pledged their support to fighting back against this pipeline,
as well as other potential future pipelines that could threaten the safety
and livelihoods of others throughout the United States.
"People are going to be mad at Trump for bringing Keystone back because
it’s going to cause resistance for every single pipeline project
across the country and it’s going to cause pressure for the banks
that fund all these projects," Shor said. "We are building an
army of resistance. This fight is not over. And we’re going to have
to keep on fighting this for probably years to come."