Six years, eight months, and twenty days. That is how long ELP Staff Attorney Doug Hayes has been fighting the Keystone XL pipeline, which was rejected by President Obama on November 6, 2015. This action further cements Obama's climate legacy and provides an important boost of momentum in advance of the international climate negotiations in Paris this December.
The victory comes after more than seven years of hard work by the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program. From 2009 to present, ELP has submitted numerous sets of technical comments, strengthened national campaign work, and challenged TransCanada's advances in federal and state court. The victory is a result of amazing dedication to protecting our planet from the disastrous effects of fossil fuels and carbon pollution.
"Today, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, recognizing it is in our national interest to keep dirty tar sands and other fossil fuels in the ground," said Doug Hayes, Sierra Club Staff Attorney. "This marks a major turning point for the growing and diverse movement demanding strong action on climate change."
Sierra Club Environmental Law Program has fought the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline at every turn and will continue to work hard to keep dirty fuels in the ground.