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PRESS RELEASE: Keystone XL pipeline canceled after years of grassroots opposition

Northern Plains member Dena Hoff (left) prepares for a media interview before a 2018 Great Falls rally.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2021

BILLINGS, Mont. – Today, TC Energy announced that it has canceled the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project after a thirteen-year effort that has included countless battles in Montana and beyond over the legality of the Canadian tar sands project. 

Northern Plains Resource Council has worked alongside tribal communities and other allies nationwide to organize opposition to the pipeline for over a decade. Northern Plains issues the following statement in response to today’s news:

“This victory is a testament to the hard work and tenacity of everyday people standing up to protect our land, water, and climate,” said Dena Hoff, a Glendive, MT farmer and member of Northern Plains Resource Council. “We have worked for over a decade here in Montana, alongside our allies at the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes and other tribal nations, to prove that rural prosperity does not result from foreign energy corporations like TC Energy. Our communities thrive when we build our economies and support one another at the local level, protecting our irreplaceable resources. We are proud to have protected three historic rivers important to our economy and culture – the Missouri, Yellowstone, and Milk – from this ill-advised, unsustainable tar sands project.

 “We can now move to create good-paying, homegrown jobs from clean energy and the cleanup of past fossil fuel development,” continued Hoff. “Today marks a big win for working people, agricultural communities, and a better future for coming generations.”