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MN350 Statement on President Biden's Revocation of Keystone Pipeline Permits


January 21, 2021

St. Paul, MN--Today President Biden announced that his administration will revoke the federal permits granted to Keystone XL, a tar sands oil pipeline similar in size and scope to the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline in Northern Minnesota.

In response to this announcement, Andy Pearson, Midwest Tar Sands Coordinator at MN350 said:

“We're thrilled about President Biden's executive order to stop Keystone XL. Tar sands is one of the dirtiest fossil fuel industries and has no place in a green energy economy. We celebrate today with the ranchers and Indigenous organizers and allies who fought hard for this victory. We call on Biden to act with the same urgency to stop the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota, which is essentially a KXL clone. Line 3 is this country’s other massive tar sands project and it deserves the same fate. Line 3 is being built across Anishinaabe treaty territory and the headwaters of the Mississippi River, and would have the climate change impact of 50 coal plants. President Biden, now do Line 3.”

Nancy Beaulieu, MN350’s Northern Minnesota organizer and an Indigenous water protector, said:

"Line 3 jeopardizes the health and well-being of all living things, just as the Keystone pipeline does. Both pipelines violate treaty obligations with our Native communities to be good neighbors and good stewards of Mother Earth. And to violate Mother Earth is to put ourselves at risk, pure and simple. We are all treaty people. My invitation to President Biden is to work with all of us to imagine a future together that meets treaty obligations. Getting to that future means his administration needs to halt all fossil fuel projects, including Line 3. Otherwise we’re going to reach a point where we can’t turn back, where we’ve simply poisoned too much of the earth."

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