Clean Water Action Statement on Approval of the Keystone XL Permit

Friday, March 24, 2017

Washington, DC - Today the State Department approved TransCanada's permit to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing the Obama Administration's determination that the pipeline is not in the national interest and rejection of the project. Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement.

"Today's action continues the Trump administration's streak of ignoring reality to give the fossil fuel industry whatever it wants. Approving the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is the furthest thing from the national interest. It would put our health and climate at risk to boost the short term profits of an oil company, while deepening the hole we have to dig ourselves out of. Nothing that the administration does will change the facts that pipelines spill and that these projects jeopardize drinking water for millions. The extensive and comprehensive environmental review of the Keystone XL took years - President Trump can't wave a piece of paper and make those findings go away."


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.

Michael Kelly