U.S. House of Representatives and TransCanada Corp try to force the continuance of the Keystone pipeline.

"The House of Representatives approved a bill as expected on Wednesday declaring that a presidential permit was not needed to approve the Canada-to-Nebraska leg of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a move that would take a decision on the project away from the Obama administration.

The Republican-controlled House voted 241-175, with less support from Democrats than during the most recent attempt to speed up pipeline approval.

The bill faces an uphill battle because it would have to pass the Senate with enough votes to overcome a promised veto from President Barack Obama.
TransCanada pipeline would link Alberta’s oil sands production with refineries and ports along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The pipeline would transport about 830,000 barrels per day and cost some $5.3 billion to construct.

The Alberta-to-Nebraska leg needs presidential approval because it crosses a national border. It has been pending with the administration since 2008 and is now undergoing a second round of review by the State Department.
The pipeline’s southern leg, for Texas to Oklahoma, is more than halfway built.

The project has been hailed by the energy industry as part of the U.S. push toward energy independence. It is also supported by many unions because it would provide thousands of construction jobs.

Environmentalists have vociferously opposed the pipeline, saying it would raise greenhouse gas levels and lock the United States into long-term dependence on fossil fuels.”

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March 18, 2013

Data shows link between oil workers and violence against Native women

Last week we reported that Sam Hirsch of the US Attorney General’s office announced in a private meeting that a lawsuit may be filed against VAWA. The Violence Against Women Act had been passed each year since its introduction in 1994, until provisions protecting Native American women were introduced last year. The bill was supported by many politicians of both parties, but some representatives refused to vote it back into law unless the tribal provisions were drastically changed. After an unpopular attempt to reword the language, VAWA passed with full tribal provisions early this year.

As previously reported, several groups and individuals associated with the oil company Koch Industries, Inc. have been protesting the bill, claiming that holding rapists accountable to the Native reservations they commit crimes on is unconstitutional. This has caused some readers to question what the motives of these anti-VAWA activists are.

Sources now claim that the oil workers coming into Native American territories are responsible for the upsurge of rape in those areas.

The #kxlpipeline is among us. We have only one day to ensure our stances are made! Remember it is only our voice than can help stop this; remember that we are responsible for the world we leave to our children and their children. The dependancy on fossil fuels and complete disregard for the health of this earth blows my fn mind. Seriously. Become educated if you aren’t and please contact your state representatives! @davidvitter ← #stopkeystoneXL #nokxl! #pollution #greed #bigotry
….the notion that this pipeline will help us in any way is a seriously delusional, short term thought…

As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL’s northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all tar sands exploitation.

Keystone XL in Violation of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 -

Because Keystone North would cross treaty territory, its construction would blatantly violate the “bad man” clause, an arrestable offense the Great Sioux Nation will not abide.

“If bad men among the whites, or among other people subject to the authority of the United States, shall commit any wrong upon the person or property of the Indians, the United States will, upon proof made to the agent, and forwarded to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs at Washington city, proceed at once to cause the offender to be arrested and punished according to the laws of the United States.”

Early on the morning of January 7, Sherry Arnold, a popular schoolteacher from Sidney, Montana (population 5,436) was jogging down a road when she was abducted. News of the incident shook the rural community. Sixty-year-old Helen Bighorn was in a supermarket when she first heard of Arnold’s disappearance. “I cried; I didn’t care where I was at,” she said. “I prayed for the family and prayed they’d find her, because I knew they’d need some kind of resolution.”

Six days later, two drifters lured to the area by potential employment in the Bakken Oil Shale boom area were arrested and charged with kidnapping. (They were later charged with her murder; they have pled not guilty.) Arnold’s body wasn’t found until mid-March.

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/article/montanas-oil-boom-has-made-reservations-more-dangerous-women-146461#.UaPXb99Ea_k.twitter