South Dakota among states suing Biden in bid to revive Keystone XL pipeline
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys general from 21 states, including South Dakota, are suing to overturn President Joe Biden’s cancellation of the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.
Led by Ken Paxton of Texas and Austin Knudsen of Montana, the states said in Wednesday’s court filing that Biden overstepped his authority when he blocked the 1,200-mile long pipeline on his first day in office.
The pipeline would carry crude from western Canada’s oil sands region to Gulf Coast refineries. Because the line would run through multiple U.S. states, Congress should have the final say over whether it’s built, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Texas.
Construction on the 1,200-mile (1,930-kilometer) pipeline began last year when former President Donald Trump revived the long-delayed project after it had stalled under the Obama administration.
Biden cancelled its permit over longstanding concerns that burning oil sands crude would make climate change worse.
Some moderate Democratic lawmakers also have urged Biden to reverse his decision, including Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana.