As expected, President Barack Obama rejected permit for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. That was the announcement that Jane Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska has been waiting for. Kleeb says the six year-long battle was worth it because this war was won.
Kleeb says, “From my perspective, this is the one time in our nation’s history where the boots actually beat the big oil suits. There is no way that the environmental groups on the national level would have beat Keystone by themselves. It was because of the farmers, ranchers and tribal nations in Nebraska and South Dakota who stood up and stood up for their rights.”
Kleeb says her work isn’t done yet. She says they are going to work to get a bill passed in the state of Nebraska that the landowners signed on to the project under duress or a threat of eminent domain get their easement back. She says once a permit is rejected on a state or federal level, Bold Nebraska believes that the landowner should automatically get that easement back. She says if that doesn’t happen, TransCanada could turn around and sell that easement to another country and landowners would not have a say.
TransCanada Corporation today released the following statement from President and Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling following U.S. President Obama’s denial of a Presidential Permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline:
We are disappointed with the President’s decision to deny the Keystone XL application.
Today, misplaced symbolism was chosen over merit and science – rhetoric won out over reason.
The U.S. consumes over seven million barrels per day more oil than it produces and will continue to do so for decades, even despite U.S. oil production increases. It is disappointing the administration appears to have said yes to more oil imports from Iran and Venezuela over oil from Canada, the United States’ strongest ally and trading partner, a country with rule of law and values consistent with the U.S.
Today’s decision deals a damaging blow to jobs, the economy and the environment on both sides of the border.
Through the course of its review, the U.S. State Department issued five very comprehensive and balanced scientific reviews of Keystone XL since 2010. Tens of thousands of pages of evidence from its own employees and agencies irrefutably show Keystone XL is the safest, most environmentally sound way to transport needed energy to Americans.
These reviews further found that approval or denial of Keystone XL would be unlikely to significantly impact the rate of production in the oil sands, or the continued demand for heavy crude oil at refineries in the United States.