Indigenous Environmental Network statement on Trump's Keystone 1 Pipeline capacity increase

Pictured: Pipes for Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska, 2009.(Photo: Shannon Patrick [CC BY creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/2.0])

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Keystone pipeline currently crosses Oceti Sakowin, Omaha, Ponca, and Hochunk territories without their consent

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Indigenous Environmental Network 

Yesterday, President Trump announced he will allow TC Energy’s Keystone 1 pipeline to increase its capacity beyond its stated limits, putting communities along its path at great risk. Keystone 1’s normal capacity is 435,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd), but Trump’s presidential permit will increase oil loads beyond its maximum design capacity, transporting over 760,000 bpd. 

The Keystone pipeline is an existing tar sands oil project that currently crosses Oceti Sakowin, Omaha, Ponca, and Hochunk territories without their consent. This pipeline, operating at lower limits then what Trump is allowing, has already caused ecological damage. It has spilled 21 times, with a total of 836,000 gallons of oil. It has violated the regulations of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on a number of occasions. In 2007 Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration granted a special permit to Keystone 1 to allow it to operate at higher limits, but retracted those limits after a series of significant spills. 

Statement by Indigenous Environmental Network:

“This move is outside the powers of the presidency and we cannot allow this type of mad hatter decision making to occur. The pipeline has already ruptured numerous times. This increase is beyond the "safe" capacity as dictated by TC Energy's own engineers. There is next to no oversight or review of TC Energy. This does nothing but put our people, agriculture, cultural resources and water at further risk.”

Established in 1990, The Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities. Indigenous Environmental Network’s activities include empowering Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, the health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.

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