FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2018
Dustin Ogdin, Northern Plains Communications Director, (406) 248-1154
Hannah Hostetter, Northern Plains Lead Organizer, (406) 600-8317
Mark Hefflinger, Bold Alliance, firstname.lastname@example.org
Landowners and Keystone XL Opponents to Rally in Montana on Eve of Hearing to Challenge Trump Administration Rubber-stamp of Pipeline Permit
Rally at Elks Riverside Park and march to West Bank Park at 4:30 p.m. to include landowners on the proposed KXL pipeline route
Great Falls, Mont. – On the evening of Wednesday, May 23, landowners and environmental groups suing to vacate the Trump administration’s rubber-stamp approval of a permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will host a rally in Great Falls at Elks Riverside Park and march to West Bank Park, before a federal judge hears oral arguments in their lawsuit on Thursday, May 24.
- Dena Hoff, farmer and irrigator on the Yellowstone River
- Bill Whitehead, Chair of the Water Commission of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes
- Stuart Lewin, board member and officer of Missouri River Citizens, Inc;
- Art Tanderup, Nebraska farmer and landowner on proposed KXL route;
- Other directly impacted landowners and water users
- Northern Plains Resource Council, Bold Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resource Defense Council, the Sierra Club, Indigenous Environmental Network, and the North Coast Rivers Alliance.
- RALLY: Wednesday, May 23, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Speakers begin at 5:00 p.m.)
- HEARING: Thursday, May 24, 10:00 a.m. (Hearing begins at federal courthouse)
- Rally at Elks Riverside Park, River’s Edge Trail, Great Falls, MT 59404
- March to West Bank Park, Behind Missouri River Federal Courthouse at 1600 4th St NE, Great Falls, MT 59404
Filed in March 2017 by the Northern Plains Resource Council, Bold Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club, the lawsuit challenges the State Department’s inadequate and outdated environmental review of the pipeline, which relied on an old environmental impact statement from January 2014 and failed to consider key information on the project’s impacts.
Oral arguments in the case will be heard by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris at the federal courthouse in Great Falls, MT beginning at 10.00 a.m. on May 24.
Read more background on the case:
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