I have HUGE NEWS!
A federal judge just blocked construction on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and ordered the government to revise its environmental review of the reckless project.
The judge ruled that the Trump administration violated bedrock environmental laws when approving the proposed pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels of dirty, climate-busting tar sands oil each day from Canada’s boreal forest through America’s heartland. Among other things, the judge found that the administration’s environmental impact statement glaringly ignored the pipeline’s obvious impact on climate change, and the high risk of dangerous, hard to clean oil spills.
This court ruling is a major win for NRDC, our partners, Indigenous communities, and environmental activists like you who have been fighting tirelessly to stop this dangerous pipeline for over a decade.
And this news came just hours after 150,000 individuals from across the country — including tens of thousands of NRDC activists — submitted public comments to the State Department opposing its faulty, hastily-produced draft environmental impact statement for Keystone XL.
It has been three years since the Obama administration stopped the Keystone XL pipeline from moving forward. Under President Obama, the State Department, which has jurisdiction because the pipeline crosses the U.S./Canada border, concluded that the pipeline was just too dangerous — to our environment and wildlife, to our global climate and drinking water, and to local communities and tribes.
President Trump, backed by the tar sands oil industry, then revived the project by executive order just days after taking office, and he has been doing everything in his power ever since to ensure this destructive pipeline gets built.
But this court order, the result of a lawsuit by NRDC and our allies, sent a message loud and clear: the pipeline is a disaster for our climate, communities, and wildlife, and should be shelved forever.
Of course, the fight’s far from over. We must stay vigilant — the Trump administration is sure to keep pushing the Keystone XL pipeline forward. It might appeal the judge’s ruling, or the State Department may go back and amend their environmental impact statement yet again. But one thing is certain: NRDC, with your support, will keep working — in and out of court — to ensure this climate-wrecking pipeline never sees the light of day.
I hope I can count on you to stand with us in the weeks and months ahead. But today, please join me in celebrating this important victory.
Thanks for joining us in this fight.