Today, 13 years after it was first proposed, TC Energy announced that the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is officially terminated.
Keystone XL would have carried 830,000 gallons per day of the dirtiest oil on the planet from the Alberta tar sands through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska, threatening farmland, critical water resources, and wildlife habitat along the way. Since it was proposed in 2008, the pipeline has faced massive opposition from landowners, Tribes, and communities along its proposed route and nationwide. One of President Biden’s first actions in office was rescinding Trump’s illegal “presidential permit” for the project.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
“For 13 years, an international movement of frontline communities in the U.S. and Canada, Indigenous leaders, and environmentalists fought back against this terrible proposed project at every turn. Today, we can say yet again, that our efforts were a resounding success. The end of Keystone XL is a testament to what we can accomplish when we come together with the shared goal of protecting our communities, our clean water, and the climate. This is a major victory for our movement, and it won’t be the last. We will continue to work tirelessly to restore the right of every community to clean air, clean water, and a sustainable, healthy climate, starting by making sure the destructive Line 3 and Dakota Access pipelines meet the same fate as Keystone XL.”