Greenpeace Responds to Nebraska’s rejection of TransCanada’s motion to reconsider Keystone XL Pipeline route

by Rachel Rye Butler

December 19, 2017

The future of the Keystone XL pipeline uncertain

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Keystone XL Pipeline protesters hold a sign reading "No KXL."

December 19, 2017 – Today, the Nebraska Public Service Commission denied TransCanada’s motion to retroactively file an “amended” application for the Keystone XL pipeline. On November 20th, the commission denied TransCanada’s preferred route for the Keystone XL pipeline, opting instead to allow a “Mainline Alternative” route for the controversial  pipeline. In response, Greenpeace Tar Sands Campaigner Rachel Rye Butler said,

“Keystone XL is not even close to a done deal because the permitting fight in Nebraska is not over yet. The Public Service Commission in Nebraska opted not to allow TransCanada to retroactively fix problems with their permit application by submitting amended materials. This leaves the door open to legal challenges in Nebraska and continued organizing along the route, in addition to the ongoing federal lawsuit challenging Trump’s presidential permit for the pipeline. TransCanada still faces several hurdles before this pipeline can be built, and that means further delay.

Keystone XL presents enormous risks to a safe climate, clean drinking water, and human rights. Thousands of people are committed to standing in the way of this pipeline, and are not giving up after nearly a decade of unified opposition and grassroots resistance.

“This decision sends a clear message to TransCanada’s potential investors that there is a long, costly, and risky road ahead for the Keystone XL pipeline.”


Contact: Cassady Craighill,, 828-817-3328

Rachel Rye Butler

By Rachel Rye Butler

Rachel Rye Butler leads the Democracy Campaign at Greenpeace USA. She writes frequently about people power, voting rights, and money in politics.

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