U.S. In­dige­nous groups tar­get Cana­dian oil pipe­line

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION -

BILLINGS, MONT. In­dige­nous Amer­i­cans in Mon­tana and South Dakota say the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion un­law­fully ap­proved the Key­stone XL oil pipe­line with­out fully con­sid­er­ing its po­ten­tial dam­age to cul­tural sites.

At­tor­neys for the Fort Belk­nap and Rose­bud Sioux tribes sued the U.S. State Depart­ment Mon­day, ask­ing a court to re­scind the line’s per­mit.

The groups ar­gue Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ig­nored the rights of tribes when he re­versed a prior de­ci­sion by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and ap­proved the project last year.

The $8 bil­lion Tran­sCanada Cor­po­ra­tion pipe­line would carry up to 830,000 bar­rels of crude daily from Canada to Ne­braska. It would pass through the an­ces­tral home­lands of the Rose­bud Sioux in cen­tral South Dakota and the Fort Belk­nap tribes in Mon­tana.

State Depart­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

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