Native Motion Wins “Huge Victory” in Biden Plan to Nix Keystone XL Permission
“A great victory for Lakota and indigenous frontliners and water conservation officials. Without their sacrifices, this would not have been possible,” said Nick Estes, a citizen of the Sioux Lower Brule tribe and assistant professor of American studies at the University of New Mexico. tweeted In response to Biden’s reported plan for Keystone XL, a sprawling $ 8 billion tar sands project that the Trump administration sought to advance repeatedly amid legal challenges and widespread resistance at grassroots level.
Kendall Mackey, Keep It in the Ground campaign manager for 350.org, said in a statement late Sunday that preventing the Keystone XL pipeline from being built in the US is a “significant sign” that Biden is listening, taking action and doing well on its promises to people and the planet. “
“This decision to halt the Keystone XL pipeline on the first day in office sets a precedent for all permit decisions to pass a climate test and respect Native American rights,” said Mackey. “We expect the government to make similar announcements for the Dakota Access Pipeline and Line 3. We celebrate this great victory and the powerful movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground.”
We have been fighting this pipeline for almost 10 years.
I know the danger. The 1st Keystone pipeline spilled half a million gallons next to my rez.
Now, Biden plans to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline approval on its first day. https://t.co/inD0gt281X
– Ruth H. Hopkins, BS, MS, JD (@ Ruth_HHopkins) January 18, 2021
Dallas Goldtooth, organizer of the “Keep It In The Ground” campaign for the Indigenous Environmental Network, said In response to Biden’s plan to close the pipeline, they allow “our communities to fight KXL for over a decade, tooth and nail, in the dirt and in court.”
“We formed an immensely powerful, unlikely alliance of votes and we never gave up,” said Goldtooth. “I’ll wait for the ink to dry before partying, but shit, that feels good.”
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When a miner goes underground, he knows he is in danger. The training you get on the first day in the mines is meant to force you to face the worst that happened – dust that can destroy your lungs, dangerous devices and electrical wires hiding in the dark, buildup of gas that can choke or cause devastating explosions and the terrible notion that the tons of rocks could collapse over your head.
Against these fears, the miner has to trust the people who operate the mine. He has to trust that their engineering is solid, that they monitor for dangerous gases, and that they have designed the mine entrances and panels so that the roof is well supported. He also has to trust the government. Be confident that the mine will be inspected regularly and that attempts to take shortcuts to safety will come with quick, severe penalties large enough to prevent this behavior from happening again.
Unfortunately, these two trusts have been betrayed over the past seven years. When the Crandall Canyon Mine collapsed last summer, the mine owner swore it was him not responsible.