The notorious Keystone XL pipeline moved that much closer to construction today. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management just granted permission for the proposed tar sands pipeline to cross about 46 miles of federally managed land in Montana—a small stretch of its nearly 1,200-mile route from northern Canada to Nebraska, where it will connect with pipelines serving oil refineries along the Gulf Coast of Texas. Environmentalists, landowners, and Indigenous rights groups have fought the pipeline for more than a decade due to its unavoidable (and potentially catastrophic) impacts on waterways, endangered wildlife, Indigenous communities, and, of course, the global climate—but the Trump administration appears dead set on barreling the risky project through anyway. The good news: KXL still has multiple permit hurdles left to jump, and legal challenges by environmental groups like NRDC continue to make their way through the courts.
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Expert BlogKimberly Ong
The move is yet another attempt to expedite fossil fuel development, this time by limiting states’ ability to protect their water as well as making it easier to approve cross-border dirty energy pipelines.
Expert BlogSharon Buccino
Under the administration's new plan, a huge swath of government-approved and funded projects would be exempt from NEPA reviews, in an attempt to shut out the public.
GuideNorth Dakota, Alberta, Montana, South Dakota, NebraskaMelissa Denchak, Courtney Lindwall
How a single pipeline project became the epicenter of an enormous environmental, public health, and civil rights battle.
Latest NewsUnited StatesBrian Palmer
Without KXL, tar sands are a bad investment. By fighting the pipeline, activists have disrupted the industry’s bottom line.
Expert BlogJosh Axelrod
In a series of moves, President Trump tries to leap over the courts and rob American citizens of their voices in regard to the contentious Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.