Sierra Club Responds to Court’s Ruling on Enbridge’s Pipeline Scheme

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Contact: Jonathon Berman, (202) 297-7533,

Minneapolis, MN — Today, the Federal District court ruled that it does not have the jurisdiction to reject Enbridge’s scheme to expand the capacity of its Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline through a backdoor process, but the Obama Administration does.

Enbridge’s scheme is currently bringing tar sands oil into America without the required environmental review. If fully expanded, this line would carry a greater volume of tar sands than the rejected Keystone XL pipeline would have.

Yesterday, the National Academy of Science released a study that affirms tar sands is one of the dirtiest of dirty fuels, noting that it differs significantly from conventional crude oil and is more dangerous to water, such as the Great Lakes, and the environment when it spills.

In response, Director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign Lena Moffitt released the following statement:

“Unfortunately the court ruled today that they do not have the authority to stop Enbridge’s scheme to bring more of the dirtiest fuel on the planet into our country. Luckily, President Obama does.

“When President Obama rejected the Keystone XL proposal last month, he showed that the era of Big Oil is over. Now, just as he did with Keystone, President Obama can call for a full review of Enbridge’s plans and ultimately reject a pipeline expansion that would do irreparable harm to our climate, our environment, and our public health.

“Now is the time to move us off of dirty fossil fuels, not build a bridge — or a pipeline — to 19th century ideas. We must continue to invest in clean and renewable forms of energy, and leave dirty fuels where they belong, in the ground.”




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