On March 17, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter joined a lawsuit against President Joe Biden and members of his administration over their move to shut down the Keystone Pipeline. Filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the complaint aims to prevent the Biden administration from circumventing limits placed on the presidency by the Constitution, the Administrative Procedure Act and congressionally enacted national policy in what the lawsuit calls a critical energy matter. Oklahoma joined 20 other state attorneys general in filing the lawsuit.
Attorney General Hunter said President Biden’s executive action halting the pipeline is unlawful and does nothing but harm Americans. “The president doesn’t have the constitutional authority to unilaterally block this project,” Attorney General Hunter said. “It is up to Congress to approve the project, which they have done already. Further, the argument that transporting crude oil via pipeline is worse for the environment than by rail or shipment is preposterous and has been disproven numerous times, even by the Obama-Biden State Department. The Keystone Pipeline also will move the United States closer to energy independence. This will help Oklahomans and Americans by keeping costs for products and fuel down. As a fourth generation Oklahoman who has worked in the industry, I know how critical it is to our state. That is why I will do everything I can to ensure our energy sector is protected from federal overreach.”