Washington D.C. – The Associated Press is reporting that The Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline by Monday. The approval comes just 16 months after the Obama administration denied the permit.
According to Politico the, “Undersecretary for political affairs Tom Shannon plans to sign the pipeline’s cross-border permit on or before Monday, the last day for the 60-day timeline that President Donald Trump ordered in January.”
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is a 1,179-mile long pipeline that would run from the oil sands in Alberta to Nebraska where it would link to an existing pipeline on-route to the Gulf Coast for export. It would carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day.
Canada’s Tar Sands, which is the third largest oil reserve in the world, has been dubbed the “most destructive project on Earth” creating serious environmental damage and severely impacting 1st Nations communities including the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Fort McMurray First Nation, Fort McKay Cree Nation, Beaver Lake Cree First Nation Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, and the Metis.
Despite the pending approval from the State Department, the $8 billion TransCanada project, still needs approval from the state of Nebraska and land owners.
Indigenous communities, land owners, and environmentalist strongly oppose the pipeline which was first proposed in 2008.
by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle- Lakota)