Opponents of Enbridge’s Line 3 project are applauding the Biden administration after revoking the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
The Keystone pipeline system was commissioned in 2010 by the TC corporation and the government of Alberta, Canada. The XL line was delayed by former President Barack Obama in 2015, with that decision reversed by former President Donald Trump in 2017.
“We’re thrilled about President Biden’s executive order to stop Keystone XL. Tar sands is one of the dirtiest fossil fuel industries and has no place in a green energy economy. We celebrate today with the ranchers and Indigenous organizers and allies who fought hard for this victory,” said MN350 coordinator Andy Pearson.
“We call on Biden to act with the same urgency to stop the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota, which is essentially a KXL clone. Line 3 is this country’s other massive tar sands project and it deserves the same fate. Line 3 is being built across Anishinaabe treaty territory and the headwaters of the Mississippi River, and would have the climate change impact of 50 coal plants. President Biden, now do Line 3.”
“Line 3 jeopardizes the health and well-being of all living things, just as the Keystone pipeline does. Both pipelines violate treaty obligations with our Native communities to be good neighbors and good stewards of Mother Earth,” said Northern Minnesota MN350 organizer Nancy Beaulieu.
“We are all treaty people. My invitation to President Biden is to work with all of us to imagine a future together that meets treaty obligations. Getting to that future means his administration needs to halt all fossil fuel projects, including Line 3. Otherwise we’re going to reach a point where we can’t turn back, where we’ve simply poisoned too much of the earth.”