A New Native-Led Strategy for Fighting Keystone XL
Publisher: In These Times
Date Written: 18/07/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22921
Sacred crops planted by the Poca represent another legal barrier for the construction of the Keystone pipeline, as its intended path must now cross sacred historic sites owned by a sovereign tribal nation.
TransCanada claims the pipeline, which would pump up to 830,000 barrels of diluted bitumen per day from the tar sands of Alberta to Steele City, Neb., will be one of the safest in North America. Yet four days before Nebraska approved KXL's route in November 2017, TransCanada's Keystone pipeline ruptured in South Dakota, spilling 407,000 gallons of crude oil.
Though the state required some rerouting, the approved path would still cross parts of the fragile Sandhills ecosystem, which houses the Ogallala Aquifer, the United States' largest underground source of freshwater.