On Wednesday, hundreds of the state’s residents gathered at a public meeting held by the Nebraska Public Service Commission, the body charged with approving the pipeline’s proposed route through the state.
The first time around, activists forged bonds between Native Americans, conservative landowners, and environmentalists — known as the Cowboy Indian Alliance — to stand against the pipeline. Obama ultimately rejected KXL in 2015, but President Trump signed a memorandum to resurrect the project in his first month in office.
“We had hoped our lives could get back to normal,” says Art Tanderup, a Nebraska landowner who opposes to the project. “With one flick of a pen, he’s setting us back.”