Despite their losing fight against the construction of Keystone XL pipeline, a lot of Native Americans especially in South Dakota areas are still putting a last stand to stop the construction. Keystone XL pipeline is a project being constructed by TransCanada. The company is building a crude oil pipeline, which is about 1,700 miles long that will run from Canada up to US Gulf Coast.
Native Americans are protesting against the project because they believe that the construction of the pipelines will not bring any benefit to the Indian Country but rather dirty water and increased crimes. They are hoping that through their protesting efforts, the US government will block the $7 billion Keystone XL pipelines project.
Some tribes call the project as ‘the black snake’ but a recent study by a State Department declared that the pipelines would not contribute to environmental problems like global warming.
Because of the recent study, some opponents especially the Sioux Indian Tribes are feeling down thinking that the study will most definitely be used to encourage the US Government to finally approve the construction of the pipelines in South Dakota.
The tribes are now devising other ways to show their protest against the project and TransCanada like vigils, civil disobedience, and blockades of the delivery of materials and equipment to construction sites. Some tribes formed the ‘Help Save Mother Earth from the Keystone Pipeline’ movement. They are planning to also set up encampments to follow the construction but emphasized that their plans are definitely peaceful. They will not destroy or damage anything.
Although some tribes strongly protested against the project, there are also other tribes that are okay with the construction.
According to some experts, the project will benefit a lot of sectors and will provide thousands of jobs. The project strategically avoids the nine reservation areas of the state ensuring the most minimal impact to the environment.