Gov. Kristi Noem issues statement on Keystone XL presidential order
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem issued a comment regarding President Joe Biden’s Keystone XL presidential order.
President Biden has revoked a presidential cross-border permit allowing the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Ian Fury, Gov. Noem’s Communications Director, issued the statement moments before the presidential revocation was signed.
Gov. Noem’s statement: “It’s unfortunate that President Biden is not standing up for American jobs and energy independence.”
The controversial Keystone XL pipeline was planned to carry Canadian oil sands to refineries along the Gulf coast and routed through South Dakota. Several construction camps and staging facilities are already in place in the state.
Trans-Canada Energy, owners of Keystone XL, say they plan to challenge the revocation in court. They say they are disappointed with the expected action to revoke the existing Presidential Permit for the pipeline.
The decision would overturn an unprecedented, comprehensive regulatory process that lasted more than a decade and repeatedly concluded the pipeline would transport much needed energy in an environmentally responsible way while enhancing North American energy security.
The action would directly lead to the layoff of thousands of union workers and negatively impact ground-breaking industry commitments to use new renewable energy as well as historic equity partnerships with Indigenous communities.
South Dakota Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds also issued statements urging President Biden not to revoke the pipeline permit.