January 24, 2017
Press Contact: Olivia Alperstein
Progressive Congress Action Fund Joins Indigenous Activists and Environmental Organizations in Opposing New Executive Order Advancing Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines
Washington, D.C.- On January 24, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. Both projects were delayed under former President Barack Obama and subject to controversy and sustained protests from activists and communities, including indigenous-led actions to protect water resources and sacred tribal lands at Standing Rock, North Dakota. The Army Corps of Engineers recently decided to deny Energy Transfer Partners, the owners of the Dakota Access project, an easement to build the pipeline through sovereign tribal land up to Lake Oahe.
In response to the Executive Order, Progressive Congress Action Fund released the following comment:
“This Executive Order advances the Keystone XL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline at the expense of local communities’ health, particularly indigenous communities and communities of color,” said Dr. Gabriela Lemus, President, Progressive Congress Action Fund. “Air, water, and land will be contaminated, exposing people to toxic chemicals and putting families’ health at grave risk. This is not just about exploiting resources. This is about endangering people’s lives in the name of oil profits. This Executive Order also comes at a time when Republicans in Congress are planning to scrap the resource extraction rule, which requires companies to disclose any payments they make to the government as part of their attempts to develop oil, gas and minerals. To whom does our land belong? To local communities or to corporations? To whom does our government answer, to the American people or to oil barons? We stand in strong support of all local communities fighting the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and we urge elected officials to heed the concerns of ordinary Americans whose lives will be impacted.”