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Pine Ridge tribal leaders are worried about pipeline project

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People on the Pine Ridge Reservation say the Keystone XL Pipeline project will negatively impact their water and their livelihood.    

On Thursday, tribal leaders gathered at the Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System 2014 Conference to come up with a plan to fight the project. Bryan Brewer, Oglala Sioux Tribal President, said he is worried if the project goes through, the tribe could run out of water in 30 years. He also said he is concerned what this would mean for future generations.    

"We have to look at what's best for our children and we believe stopping this pipeline will be the first step to it," said Brewer.

Some people say while they realize the pipeline project will bring jobs, they say it will only be temporary.    

"It will do more harm than good. You're going to create jobs for a certain period of time after you are done building them. Those jobs are going to go away. I mean it's just plain common sense," said Brandon Sazue Senior, Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Chairman.

Brewer said he hopes President Obama will put a stop to the project. Representatives from TransCanada said they take the tribe's concerns very seriously, and they are committed to protecting all sources of water near the pipeline.

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