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National anti-fossil fuel organizations organized deluxe motor coach transportation to bus out-of-state protesters into Lincoln, Nebraska from across the West and Midwest to protest the Keystone XL pipeline on Sunday. “Hundreds of Nebraskans, along with Water Protectors and Pipeline Fighters from states near and far, will come together in Lincoln on the eve of the week-long Keystone XL intervenor hearings at the Nebraska Public Service Commission,” wrote Bold Nebraska, “and march through the streets to send the message that Keystone XL is a threat to our land, water and climate, and not in the public interest. March with us to give Keystone XL the boot! (emphasis in original).”
An economist who led the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) during the Obama administration has declared his support for building the Keystone XL pipeline. The news is a setback for environmental activists who are trying to pressure financial institutions into boycotting the project. The Obama administration delayed the permitting process for years and tried to block the pipeline. But former EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski said he disagreed with former president Barack Obama’s decision to oppose the pipeline. “One opinion I don’t have to stifle anymore is that I think the Keystone XL pipeline should have been built,” Sieminski said.
Vandals who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline smashed the windows of a local bank branch in a politically motivated attack that’s under investigation by Denver police. The vandals targeted a Chase Bank branch, throwing rocks at the windows and spray painting “No DAPL” on the front of the building, according to a police report. Anti-pipeline protesters have targeted Chase Bank and other financial institutions for having investments in the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, or for providing loans tied to the project.
Oil drillers in the Bakken Shale are optimistic that the opening of the Dakota Access Pipeline – which was fiercely opposed by environmental activists and the former Obama administration – will boost new energy production in the region. Reuters reports that the pipeline will give Bakken oil producers “a shot in the arm” by providing “cheaper access to refineries and other customers on the U.S. Gulf Coast.” The operator of the pipeline – Energy Transfer Partners – has already started filling it with crude oil and it could reach full capacity by late April.
Elected officials and business leaders from states along the route of the Keystone XL pipeline have welcomed news of the project’s federal approval – some eight years after the permitting process began. “This is a victory for all of us who rely on oil to heat our homes, fuel our cars, and power our tractors, and pipelines are the safest and most efficient way to transport oil,” South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) said. The South Dakota governor, said he respected the views of those who still oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, but also called for restraint. “I hope we will all seek to exercise our First Amendment rights peacefully, and respect the right of others to do likewise.”
Representatives of a national “ban fracking” activist group attempted to organize a rally to pressure U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) on environmental policy but failed to draw much of a crowd. The event, held outside Sen. Bennet’s Denver office yesterday, was organized by Food & Water Watch and 350.org, two East Coast activist groups campaigning to ban oil and natural gas development in Colorado and around the country.
Officials in North Dakota are racing against time to move hundreds of cars and trucks from the site of an anti-pipeline protest before seasonal flooding sweeps the vehicles into the Missouri River. “There are roughly 200 vehicles down there at last count, ranging from cars and pickups to rental trucks,” George Kuntz, vice president of the North Dakota Towing Association, told Western Wire. At least one vehicle has already been found in the water, potentially leaking engine oil and gasoline, according to local law enforcement.