Tribal activists and other people who like water and Earth got one victory yesterday as TransCanada/TC Energy finally gave up on the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. President Joe Biden re-killed the pipeline on his first day back in the Oval Office; yesterday, the Canadian pipeliner finally admitted their project is dead:
TC Energy Corporation (TSX, NYSE: TRP) (TC Energy or the Company) confirmed today that after a comprehensive review of its options, and in consultation with its partner, the Government of Alberta, it has terminated the Keystone XL Pipeline Project (the Project).
Construction activities to advance the Project were suspended following the revocation of its Presidential Permit on January 20, 2021. The Company will continue to coordinate with regulators, stakeholders and Indigenous groups to meet its environmental and regulatory commitments and ensure a safe termination of and exit from the Project [TC Energy, press release, 2021.06.09].
Well, that moots killer Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s lawsuit against the Biden Administration to save Keystone XL.
Indigenous groups who worked to kill the Black Snake are pleased:
“We took on a multi-billion dollar corporation and we won!” Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer for the nonprofit Indigenous Environmental Network tweeted. “The People made this happen!”
Native American tribes and activists fought the project for more than ten years. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, and the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation sued the Trump administration after it granted the Keystone XL a permit to continue construction. The pipeline threatened their lands and water sources, and the Trump administration didn’t properly consult with the tribes, they said in the suit [Julie Calma, “Say Goodbye to the Keystone XL Pipeline, for Real This Time,” The Verge, 2021.06.09].
The Ponca Nation in Nebraska is among the tribal fighters celebrating:
“On behalf of our Ponca Nation we welcome this long overdue news and thank all who worked so tirelessly to educate and fight to prevent this from coming to fruition. It’s a great day for Mother Earth,” said Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Chairman Larry Wright, Jr. [Mark Hefflinger, “Nebraska Landowners, Tribal Nations, Rejoice as TC Energy Says Keystone XL Pipeline Is Terminated,” Bold Nebraska, 2021.06.09].
During the largest anti-pipeline action ever mobilized here in Anishinaabe treaty jurisdiction, self-proclaimed water protectors halted construction of Enbridge Energy Inc.’s Line 3 toxic tar-sands crude-oil pipeline on June 7.
More than 1,000 people marched with Indigenous leaders to the headwaters of the Mississippi River to initiate a four-day prayer ceremony for treaty rights recognition at the site where the pipeline is slated to cross.
Further south, some 500 Native pipeline resisters, celebrities and other allies shut down an active Line 3 pump station in a 14-hour show of civil disobedience that ended in arrests of some 100 for unlawful assembly.
The massive direct actions launched a weeklong Treaty People Gathering, attracting an estimated 2,000 participants. Indigenous-led groups, communities of faith, and climate justice organizations envision it as “the beginning of a summer of resistance,” Giniw Collective said in a media release [Talli Nauman, “Treaty Protestors Score Largest Pipeline Gathering Ever,” Native Sun News Today, 2021.06.10].