“Our water is on the line here,” said Kleeb, adding, “It’s time for our elected officials to now step up and make it clear that pipelines are not in our public interest.”

TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada and the company behind the pipeline project, welcomed the decision. In a statement, its CEO and president Russ Girling called the ruling “another important step as we advance towards building this vital energy infrastructure project.”

Yet its future, as Sierra Club’s Winston noted, is uncertain. There are ongoing legal battles over the Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of the pipeline as well as President Donald Trump’s executive memorandum advancing Keystone XL and another pipeline, the Dakota Access.

“Every day without it is a legal victory for tomorrow, for the people and creatures, and for the Earth itself,” tweeted Domina Law. “There is no place, and now is not the time for a crude oil pipeline.”

With that frame in mind, groups including Bold Nebraska and the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska are calling on the Democratic presidential candidates to sign the “No KXL Pledge.”

The document asks the candidates “to take executive action on Day One to stop any construction on the Keystone XL pipeline—no matter what —and revoke the existing presidential permits issued unilaterally by President Trump for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, sending both projects back to relevant federal agencies to undergo legitimate environmental review and tribal consultations.”

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“The President of the United States,” write the groups, “should stand with the sovereign rights of tribal nations, the property rights of farmers and ranchers in rural communities opposed to the pipeline, and everyday Americans who care about a livable planet for our grandchildren who have been fighting together to stop KXL for nearly ten years.”

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