Obama Rejects Keystone XL Presidential Permit
Certainly everyone who’s interested has heard by now, but we’d be remiss here at the Great Plains Tar Sands Pipelines blog not to note that yesterday afternoon, President Obama rejected the Congressional effort to force him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline without complete environmental review and siting changes to protect the Ogallala Aquifer and Nebraska Sandhills. Opponents and supporters are already cheering and condemning the president’s decision. We like the response by Zona Vig of Dakota Rural Action, early Plains Justice clients in South Dakota PUC proceedings to review Keystone XL, which drew attention to its many risks and flaws. DRA points out that eminent domain actions by TransCanada are still pending against landowners.
This is more than likely not the end of the project. Stay tuned.