Native Americans sue over the Keystone XL pipeline
Native Americans protest the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
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via Inside Climate News
Two Native American tribes are now suing the Trump administration over the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to Texas. This massive project was approved last year by the State Department but has been delayed due to protests and court orders for an environmental impact assessment. Native American tribes have opposed the project as it will cut through and harm sacred sites of theirs.
"All historical, cultural, and spiritual places and sites of significance in the path of the pipeline are at risk of destruction." ~ A court statement from the Fort Belknap and Rosebud Sioux tribes via The Hill
The Native Americans’ concerns are not unwarranted as demonstrated by the huge oil spill on the Keystone pipeline last year. In South Dakota, the pipe broke and leaked 210,000 gallons of oil into the environment.