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TransCanada’s Announcement about “Commercial Support” for the Keystone XL Pipeline is Not A Significant Win or Development

South Dakota - Today Transcanada announced that it has “commercial support” for its long delayed tar sands oil project, the Keystone XL Pipeline. This statement comes with a pledge announced by Canada’s provincial Alberta government to ship 50 million barrels of oil through the pipeline for 20 years. TransCanada has not officially announced whether they will move ahead on construction of the pipeline. The project still faces many legal hurdles in Nebraska, as well as a strong oppositions from a determined alliance of tribes, ranchers, farmers and citizens across its proposed route.
 
The following is a statement from the Indigenous Environmental Network:
 
“Our network stands united with the tribal nations and communities along the proposed route of this dirty tar sands pipeline. We denounce this apparent collusion between the government of Alberta and the oil corporations that seek to plunder more lands of the Cree, Dene, and Metis peoples of northern Alberta for tar sands extraction. This announcement does not change the immense hurdles TransCanada faces across the board, and it does not change the immense grassroots resistance united to stop this project. In defense of Mother Earth, we fight on!”

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