BATON ROUGE (KSLA) - Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed a lawsuit in response to President Joe Biden’s executive order to cancel the construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The lawsuit will seek to invalidate specifically the portion of Executive Order 13990 — canceling the KXLOP cross-border permit, according to a news release from Landry’s office. The permit was originally authorized by Congress a decade ago.
Landry stated that no president has the power to overturn permits granted by an Act of Congress. He now joins a 21-state coalition petitioning the Southern District of Texas to invalidate the executive order.
“In the blink of an eye and through executive fiat, the Biden administration unleashed a flood of action designed to destroy our oil and gas industry and thousands of jobs,” said Landry said in a news release. “The Biden order not only violates federal law and constitutional safeguards, but also threatens jobs, our state and local economies, and even the environment he purports to want to protect. It should concern every person that the price of gas started going up the day he picked up his pen and began threatening financial stability for the hard-working people of Louisiana.”
The Keystone XL Pipeline was designed to deliver 830,000 barrels of crude oil each day to Gulf Coast refineries, in turn creating thousands of new jobs and generating $2 billion in earnings.
“Whether off Louisiana’s coast or in Montana’s shale fields, drilling equals jobs,” concluded Landry. “I will continue to do all that I can to defend those jobs and the Constitution from abusive federal overreach.”
The lawsuit is being led by the attorneys general of Montana and Texas. They are joined by the attorneys general of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
U.S Representative Clay Higgins said a project like this impacts the promises made by the country.
”We are in violation of our contract by stopping the ongoing Keystone XL construction because Canada have already invested about a billion and a half, so stopping construction there is wrong.”
Ellen Buchanan, chairperson for Golden Triangle Sierra Club in southeast Texas has fought this from day one and hopes the outcome stays the same.
“I’m hoping the lawsuit goes nowhere because we do not want the pipeline to open,” she said.
Buchanan said a project like this pollutes the air, messes up water supply and impacts the people.
“We’re always going to have oil and gas, at least for a while we’re going to, it’s going to be here but hopefully it will be phased out,” she said.