A Nebraska environmental group fighting TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline plans to hold President-elect Joe Biden to his campaign pledge to rescind the permit for the project.
Bold Nebraska, an alliance formed 10 years ago that was made up of environmentalists, ranchers, farmers and Indian tribes voiced more than hope in a recent posting that Biden sticks to his “NoKXL Pledge,” the one he made last May when his campaign released a statement. It suggested holding him to his promise and his feet to the fire.
“Biden strongly opposed the Keystone pipeline in the last administration, stood alongside President Obama and Secretary Kerry to reject it in 2015, and will proudly stand in the Roosevelt Room again as President and stop it for good by rescinding the Keystone XL pipeline permit.”
A month later, Biden responded to reporters’ questions about his pledge against the controversial pipeline.
“As president I’m going to restore our position, rescinding the permit issued by Trump for any significant infrastructure projects, including pipelines, support the establishment of a process requiring that there must be a full review and accounting of the impacts on climate, local and environmental health and climate justice before any project can proceed.”
Opposition to the line recently resulted in the Holt County, Nebraska Board of Adjustment voting to reject a Keystone XL construction permit application. But TransCanada seeks another permit to build a “Construction Yard” in Plainview, Nebraska where a permit hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30.