ACFN responds to Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL pipeline

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2012

Keystone XL Pipeline rejected, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation hopeful trend will continue in Canada

Today was a major victory for many Indigenous communities as the Obama Administration announced the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is hopeful Canada will follow this trend and deny new tar sands projects in Canada, including the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline and Shell Canada’s proposed open pit mining projects.

ACFN Chief Allan Adam, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation had this to say about today’s announcement:

“The decision to reject this pipeline comes from the opposition of the many Indigenous communities and our allies.  The Mother Earth Accord outlined the serious implications the pipeline would’ve had on the people, our rights and our lands.  This is a major victory for Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. We hope the Canadian government recognizes Obama’s rejection as a sign to slow down the current pace of development in the tar sands.  Rapid expansion in the tar sands has left developers struggling for inexpensive ways to ship, refine and sell their oil.  Stopping these massive pipelines is key to stopping further destruction of our territory.  We are still working to oppose Shell’s proposed tar sands expansion of open pit mining projects in our traditional territory in Northern Alberta. We hope that you all join the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation this year in opposing Shell’s projects and the development of the Northern Gateway Pipeline.  Together we can protect our lands, our futures and our treaty rights.”


For further comment:

Chief Allan Adam, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation 780-713-1220

Tar Sands Commuincations Officer, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation 780-903-6598


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