Lawsuits Pile Up, Resistance Revs Up Against Trump’s KXL Order

Rising to the challenge set by the Trump administration’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, environmental organizations and Indigenous groups are already firing back with a pair of lawsuits and an energized vow to resist the controversial, 1,700-mile conduit.

“This dirty pipeline is a loaded gun pointed at our climate and some of America’s most vital water supplies, and we won’t let [President Donald] Trump pull the trigger,” said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), which is part of a coalition of environmental groups that on Thursday filed suit against the Trump administration in the federal district court in Great Falls, Montana.

The suit accuses President Donald Trump’s State Department of relying on an “outdated and incomplete environmental impact statement” in its decision making. Further, according to Reuters, the groups argue that “[b]y approving the pipeline without public input and an up-to-date environmental assessment, the administration violated the National Environmental Policy Act.” Plaintiffs also include Northern Plains Resource Council, Bold Alliance, Friends of the Earth, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club.

“This arrogant administration wants to ram this massive pipeline through with zero consideration of oil-spill risks or the immense harm Keystone will do to endangered wildlife,” Suckling added. “But Trump’s alternative facts and contempt for our environment won’t stand up in court.”

“We continue to meet Trump in the streets, and we look forward to meeting him in the courts to stop his reckless agenda that threatens our clean air and water and the climate.”
—Michael Brune, Sierra Club

A separate suit (pdf) filed on Monday by the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA) further contends that Trump’s permit violates the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The…

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