(Washington D.C.) Today, TransCanada Corp, the company that has been working for more than a decade to build the Keystone XL pipeline, voted to change its name to “TC Energy.” As the company attempts to rebrand itself, its Vice President Paul Miller, admitted that they have “lost the 2019 construction season” for work on Keystone XL and “will not make any major capital commitments until we have a clear path to construction.” Construction on the pipeline will not occur in 2019, despite the corporation’s multiple attempts, as well as the Trump Administration’s pursuits to skirt due process by pushing forward construction through presidential permits, executive orders and memorandums.
350.org’s Campaign Manager, Sara Shor, made the following statement:
“They can change their name, but they can’t hide from the power of our movement that has successfully blocked Keystone XL for a decade. The news that now-TC Energy will not be able to move forward with construction is a testament to the dedication of Indigenous communities, farmers, pipeline fighters, and activists who have doubled down to protect our communities, their land and water, and their right to a safe climate.
“With this welcome news about the delay, our communities will ensure that this pipeline never sees the light of day and will continue to fight every other fossil fuel pipeline. As we celebrate this latest announcement, we stand with communities demanding more from all public officials, as well as those running for the Presidency: pass a Green New Deal that creates millions of jobs for workers and families and ensures a just transition from fossil fuels to a 100% renewable energy economy that works for all.”
Editor’s Note: Right now, a coalition of Indigenous leaders, farmers, ranchers, and climate activists, who have been fighting pipelines for years, are training people in 10 cities across the U.S. to engage in peaceful, creative resistance to block Keystone XL. Interviews with trainers and organizers of the Promise to Protect Tour are available on request.
Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage, U.S. Communications Manager, 350.org, [email protected]