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Keystone XL Pipeline



President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

Re: Keystone XL Pipeline

Dear President Obama:

Please do not grant the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline to carry tarsands oil across the United States. The following are reasons for my concerns.

1. More tests need to be completed on high temperature and pressure impacts to the pipeline.

2. The Keystone I Pipeline had more leaks and spills than predicted in the EIS. Can you personally insure that the XL Pipeline will be safe from leaks and spills?

3. An Emergency Response Action Plan for the Keystone XL Pipeline needs to be in place prior to any work beginning, and the public must be allowed to comment on such a plan. Too much is at stake: water, livestock, agricultural products, and the health of people.

4. An analysis of the impacts on climate change, including impacts caused by building the Pipeline, needs to be completed before a permit is granted. The public also needs to review the analysis and make comments.

5. An analysis of all the Native American cultural, burial, and archaeological sites, and meeting the approval of Native American nations involved, needs to be completed immediately to insure these irreplaceable sites will not be impacted or affected by the Keystone XL Pipeline in any way.

6. An analysis needs to be completed of the legal land ownership of all lands that will be crossed by the Keystone XL Pipeline. Much of the land area in the Northern Great Plains is still considered Treaty Territory under the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. That Treaty is protected by Article VI of the US Constitution and the March 3rd Act of 1871, and recently was upheld in Federal Court in April, 2009.




Mission Statement

"Defenders of the Black Hills is a group of volunteers without racial or tribal boundaries whose mission is to preserve, protect, and restore the environment of the 1851 and 1868 Treaty Territories, Treaties made between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation."

Speaking about radioactive fallout, the late President John F. Kennedy said,

"Even then, the number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone, should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent."

July 26, 1963 upon signing the ban on above ground nuclear tests