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Keystone XL pipeline faces opposition from ‘historic union’ of Canada, U.S. Indigenous tribes

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Members of American Indian Movement (AIM) in Colorado protest Keystone XL pipeline and tar sands.

Blackfoot Confederacy and Great Sioux Nation leaders signing declaration against pipeline Wednesday in Calgary

By Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press, May 16, 2017

Tribes representing tens of thousands of Indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada will sign a declaration against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Canada and the Great Sioux Nation and Ponca tribe in the U.S. plan to sign their declaration at a ceremony Wednesday at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary — the city where pipeline developer TransCanada Corp. is based. Read the rest of this entry

Some Chase branches in Seattle closed by protests over pipeline loans

Pizza is delivered next to Native American leaders and climate activists demonstrating inside of a Chase Bank location, in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, in Seattle

Pizza is delivered next to Native American leaders and climate activists demonstrating inside of a Chase Bank location, in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. May 8, 2017. REUTERS/David Ryder

By Tom James, Reuters, May 9, 2017

Native American leaders and climate activists protested at several Chase branches in Seattle on Monday, forcing them to close temporarily as demonstrators demanded the bank not lend to projects like the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Read the rest of this entry

Ranchers and Tribes Unite Once Again to Fight Keystone XL

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Amos Hinton and Mekasi Horinek of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma talk with farmer Art Tanderup during the 2014 planting of sacred Ponca corn on the Tanderup farm. Courtesy Mary Anne Andrei/Bold Nebraska

A unique alliance among tribes, ranchers, and other landowners in Nebraska regroups to resist fossil fuel development like the Keystone XL

A week after tens of thousands turned out in support of science and just before thousands more took to the streets for the People’s Climate March, a quieter walk was held at what might be considered ground zero of the country’s energy debate. On April 29, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska headed south on a 273-mile remembrance walk beginning in Niobrara, Nebraska, and scheduled to culminate 12 days later in the small village of Barneston. The event will commemorate the Ponca’s forced removal from their traditional lands in the 1870s—lands that today are again under dispute to make way for the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Trump approves Keystone XL but investors remain skeptical pipeline will be built

S. Dakota Governor wants new powers to prepare for Keystone XL protests

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Police arrest a protester against the Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannonball, North Dakota, December 2016.

Feb 26, 2017

As the protest camp along the route of the Dakota Access pipeline emptied out last week in North Dakota, legislators in South Dakota began considering a potential state law aimed at punishing possible protesters over another oil pipeline.

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Trump gives OK to Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines

Energy east pipeline workersFormer president Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in late 2015

CBC News,  Jan 24, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed executive orders to move forward on construction of two controversial oil pipelines that impact Canada, giving his OK to the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects. Read the rest of this entry

Keystone XL cancellation means more oil-by-rail terminals for the Pacific Northwest

Photo by Harvey Henkelmann courtesy Wiki Commons.

Photo by Harvey Henkelmann courtesy Wiki Commons.

Report says new rail terminals will be built in the Pacific Northwest to transport Alberta oil.

by Vancouver Observer,

In the wake of the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, the oil industry will look toward opening new rail terminals in the Pacific Northwest, contends a new report.

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Keystone XL may be dead. The oilsands probably aren’t

oil-sands-tar-sands-albertaLow petroleum prices mean new projects are on pause, but existing production won’t disappear

By Tracy Johnson, CBC News, Nov 11, 2015

There is some soul searching going on in the oilpatch this week in the aftermath of the U.S. rejection of Keystone XL. Would a carbon tax have changed things? A gentler hand with the politics? How much of the U.S. decision was connected to increases in their own domestic production?

What they aren’t asking is how to get oilsands product to market. Because it’s getting there, in ways both obvious and unexpected. The oilsands have lots of problems, like low prices and high costs. But right now, market access is pretty far down the list. Read the rest of this entry

Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline citing ‘national interest’

U.S. President Barack Obama has announced the rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. (Evan Vucci, Nati Harnik/AP)

U.S. President Barack Obama has announced the rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. (Evan Vucci, Nati Harnik/AP)

U.S. president says Canadian PM Justin Trudeau expressed ‘disappointment’ pipeline won’t proceed

CBC News/The Associated Press, Nov 6, 2015

The Obama administration has rejected TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, capping a seven-year saga that became an environmental flashpoint in both Canada and the U.S.

Speaking from the White House on Friday, Obama said Keystone “will not serve the national interests of the United States.”

Obama said the State Department rejected the proposed pipeline, saying it would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to the U.S. economy. Read the rest of this entry

TransCanada asks U.S. to delay Keystone XL pipeline review

Map of proposed Keystone XL pipeline

Map of proposed Keystone XL pipeline

Company may be waiting for a more favourable political climate, analyst says

CBC News, Nov 2, 2015

TransCanada Corporation has asked the U.S. State Department to pause its review of the presidential permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline.

The company sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, saying it believes there is sound precedent for making the request to pause the review.

That adds a new wrinkle to one of the biggest Canada-U.S. political irritants of recent years, involving a proposed pipeline from Alberta to Texas. Read the rest of this entry