March 28, 2019

South Dakota Governor signs anti-protest bills targeting opposition to Keystone XL

Yesterday, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed a bill package targeting protesters of the Keystone XL pipeline into law. Executive Director May Boeve gave the following statement in response:

“Governor Noem is putting fossil fuel industry profits before the free speech of her own constituents. This process sidestepped consultation with Indigenous communities, farmers, and ranchers, who have led the charge on resisting the Keystone XL pipeline. These laws will not hold up under scrutiny, and they won’t curtail our efforts to stop TransCanada’s dirty pipeline from being built.”

This month, a coalition of Indigenous leaders, farmers, ranchers, and national organizations launched the ‘Promise to Protect’ training tour, bringing knowledge from the frontlines of the fight against Keystone XL that can apply to local fossil fuel resistance happening across the country. The tour, named for the commitment made by more than 25,000 people to mobilize against the Keystone XL pipeline, will stop in 10 cities across the U.S. and several reservations along the pipeline route.


Contact: Dani Heffernan, [email protected], +1 (305) 992-1544