U.S. Department of State
Environmental impact statement for Keystone XL pipeline project.

Anti-Keystone XL Tribal Members Urge Fellow Natives to Comment on Environmental Impact Statement

ICTMN Staff
3/15/13

Tribal opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are urging fellow Natives to use the 45-day comments period of the U.S. State Department’s draft environmental impact statement to register their disapproval of the project.

The comment period is already under way and ends on April 15, so now is the time for American Indians to make their voices heard if they want to weigh in, said Kandi Mossett, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.

“The State Department is currently putting the pressure on the general public to comment and hold them accountable to make the right decision,” Mossett told ICTMN, adding that people should also read the document.

“It's so important for all people to take a look at this document and make their voices heard about the many concerns associated with this project within the 45-day commenting period,” she said. “Specifically, as tribal, First Nation, indigenous communities, we need to ban together to ensure we do hold the State Department and President Obama accountable to making the right decision by denying the permit to build the KXL and by shutting down the southern leg from Oklahoma to Texas.”

The State Department issued the draft version of the environmental impact statement on March 1, concluding that the long-term effects on both job creation and the environment would be something of a wash. 

People can send comments to keystonecomments@state.gov. More information is at the U.S. State Department's Keystone XL page

Related: 

Exaggerated Consultation Claims, Factual Errors in State Department's Keystone XL Environment Report Rankle Natives 

State Department Draft Environmental Report Says Keystone XL Effects on Both Climate Change and Oil Supply Would Be Minimal

Grassroots Natives Meet EPA, Highlight Keystone XL Concerns

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Because of the government ban on stem cell research my son is dead. Now you want to kill our future by doing this pipeline. Tar sand oil kills every thing. There is no putting the land back to the way it was before. It kills the land, sky, water and animals. And yes Humans. Do Not allow greed to kill all of our futures, It is imperative that this is stopped. This is not a whim, it is the future of our planet. Do Not Allow these rich greedy people to get their way. It is not right and in your hearts of hearts you KNOW this. STOP IT NOW!

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Submitted by Curtis Nix on
I say the Natives country wide should band together, pool all resources, and take control of those issues themselves. the American Government, in my opinion, has no idea what is best for the Native people.

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Submitted by Dan on
the so called first nations don't care about the land. They are just as bad or worse as the white man. you just talk the talk. You just come out went you see money that you can get and piss away.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
Do they think that we will find the Indigenous People of the same loving heart as did Columbus ? Got to be Honest , He really F***** up any prospect of US accept Anything from U FOLKS . Mrs. Rice so sorry about your poor choice of investments in Trans Canada . Not U CONDY !! U R SO DONE !!!!
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