USA: Nebraska Public Service Commission just approved the final permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Dear Mark,

It’s what we feared: The Nebraska Public Service Commission just approved the final permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

This permit would allow TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, to route the Keystone XL through Nebraska

— threatening hundreds of Nebraskan rivers and streams and the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides drinking water for more than a million people.

But the Nebraska PSC’s decision isn’t all bad news. While they approved a pipeline route through Nebraska, they did not, however, approve TransCanada’s “preferred” route. Instead, they approved an entirely different route that hasn’t been subject to review by either the company or government authorities.

That means the fight isn’t over — not in Nebraska or in court. NRDC will continue fighting with every tool, in every venue, and with all of our partners to make sure the Keystone XL is never built — including in federal court.

NRDC filed suit against the Trump administration for its illegal approval of the Keystone XL on the grounds that approval was based on an outdated environmental review that didn’t consider the pipeline’s true impacts on our climate.

And the Nebraska PSC’s decision makes our federal court fight against the pipeline even more critical.

So, please make an emergency, tax-deductible donation now to defend our environment and to help NRDC fight to kill the Keystone XL pipeline in federal court for good.

The Nebraska commissioners’ decision comes just days after another tar sands pipeline, the existing Keystone pipeline, spilled 210,000 gallons of toxic tar sands oil in South Dakota.

The Keystone XL would carry 830,0000 barrels a day of tar sands oil through the American heartland, endangering lands, wildlife, and communities along its route with more catastrophic spills.

Moreover, the commissioners’ decision mistakenly ignores serious concerns raised by Nebraska landowners and indigenous people that the Keystone XL pipeline would threaten their water and climate.

But how long we can stay in court, and how hard we can fight, depends on NRDC supporters like you.

Please chip in to support NRDC and help continue our legal battle against the Trump administration to stop the climate-wrecking Keystone XL. Every little bit helps.

But the Trump administration — and the pipeline’s corporate backers — have proved incredibly dogged in their pursuit of this project, so NRDC and our allies must be prepared to fight whenever and wherever we need to, especially in federal court.

We defeated the Keystone XL once before, and I strongly believe that we can — and we will — do it again. Thank you for standing with us.


Rhea Suh
President, NRDC

P.S. Read more about the Nebraska PSC’s decision and what it means for the future of the Keystone XL in a blog post from NRDC’s Anthony Swift.