On Jan. 24, President Trump took action to undo President Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL, opening the door for TransCanada to reapply to build the risky tarsands export pipeline that would pass through the fragile Sandhills and Ogallala aquifer in Nebraska. [1]

But Trump’s action is far from a “green-light” to begin construction on Keystone XL.

  • TransCanada has no approved route in Nebraska: The company still faces the unconstitutional pipeline law (LB 1161) it lobbied for through the Nebraska Legislature, which remains on the books.
  • TransCanada must apply with the Nebraska Public Service Commission: This process can take eight months to a year, and includes public hearings and other opportunities for citizen input. The PSC has the authority to compel TransCanada to choose an alternate route that avoids the Sandhills and Ogallala aquifer, or deny the permit application altogether.
  • No eminent domain for TransCanada until September 2017: TransCanada cannot apply to use eminent domain authority again to take farmers’ and ranchers’ land against their will until September 2017, according to applicable Nebraska state law governing the use of eminent domain.

Bold now calls on all Pipeline Fighters and Water Protectors to take the Keystone XL Pipeline Pledge of Resistance.

By signing the pledge, you are making a commitment to doing whatever you’re able — to resist.

Join farmers and ranchers, Tribal communities and everyone who cares about our land, water and climate — whether that be at home via your computer; in the streets at a protest or rally; in the courtroom or at a Public Service Commission hearing; or potentially on the pipeline route, to engage in nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to stop construction of the pipeline, should that day come.

Click here to sign the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance.

Thanks for standing with us.

Jane Kleeb and the Bold Alliance team

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REFERENCES:

[1] “Bold Nebraska Responds to Trump Action on Keystone XL,” BoldNebraska.org, 1/24/17.