May 12, 2020

Judge Upholds Ruling on Keystone XL Water Permit to TC Energy: Try as you might, Keystone XL will not be built 

On Monday, a federal judge in Montana upheld his ruling last month that canceled Nationwide Permit 12, a key environmental permit for the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, further halting other oil and gas pipeline projects with delays. Last month’s ruling stated that the US Army Corps violated the law by granting the permit, and that the Corps must begin formal consultations under guidelines of the Endangered Species Act, causing major delays for construction. This decision has implications for pipeline projects around the country.

In response, Kendall Mackey, Keep It In the Ground organizer at said:

“Try as they might, TC Energy and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers are in a losing battle to build their dirty pipeline. This court ruling only reinforces what we’ve known all along, that Keystone XL violates permits that protect land, water, and Indigenous sovereignty. With every new attempt to construct the pipeline, fossil fuel corporation TC Energy and their political backers will be met by the resistance of tens of thousands of people. With oil prices below zero, we see that fossil fuels are too volatile to be the basis of the economy and now is the time to invest in justice-centered renewable alternatives. We will continue to do everything possible to put this doomed pipeline to rest once and for all.”


Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage, U.S. Communications Director, [email protected], 413-687-5160