BY Nicole Hensley NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Sunday, November 16, 2014, 5:50 PM Updated: Sunday, November 16, 2014, 9:15 PM
The GOP-led House voted on Friday to approve the Alberta-to-Nebraska pipeline — but Cyril Scott, president of the Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota vowed to block it.
Scott has threatened to close Rosebud's borders if any attempt to build the pipeline is made.
The pipeline is not a done deal, but the Republican majority in the House had a staggering lead of 252-161 votes for TransCanada’s 875-mile pipeline through the United States.
The international pipeline would funnel tar sands oil through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska - right through the Rosebud tribal lands.
Scott argued the pipeline violates the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie that gave the land known as the Black Hills to the Sioux Nation.
“When it comes to treaties, they forget about us. ... People forget that we’re a sovereign nation,” Scott said. “Everybody else ... they’re just guests here.”
Opponents of the pipeline, some Democrats and environmentalists, believe it will lengthen the world’s addiction to fossil fuel and hasten climate change.
But leaks could happen, the department admitted.
“It’s not if it breaks, it’s when it breaks,” Scott added.
The Senate will vote on the proposed bill sponored by Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. this week, but it’s not clear if President Barack Obama will let the legislation pass after putting it off for the past six years.
The bill was supported by 31 Democrats.
With News Wire Services.