On day one of his presidency, President Joe Biden signed a host of executive orders to roll back much of his predecessor's, former President Donald Trump, legacy.
In those executive orders included the canceling of the Keyston XL Pipeline permit. Construction of the pipeline had begun in 2020 in parts of South Dakota.
Ian Fury, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem's spokesperson, released the following statement from the Governor's office:
"It's unfortunate that President Biden is not standing up for American jobs and energy independence."
The ACLU of South Dakota also released a statement on the project's cancelation:
“We recognize that Indigenous people have been at the forefront of the fight for environmental justice and protection. Tribal nations and communities are battling every day for the protection of their homelands and survival of ecosystems and ways of life. Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline or a spill from the project would cause irreparable and devastating impact to local communities and ecosystems.
“That’s why the ACLU of South Dakota supported water protectors our Indigenous partners and their right to protest the pipeline. It’s why we challenged the “riot boosting act” in court in 2019 and opposed similar legislation in 2020 – both unnecessary efforts to legislative peaceful protest in South Dakota that were sparked by a desire to suppress protests around the Keystone XL pipeline. The right to join with fellow citizens in protest or peaceful assembly is critical to a functioning democracy and at the core of the First Amendment. Hearing that President Biden canceled the Keystone XL permit is welcome news.”