June 23, 2017

Easement imminent for final leg of Dakota Access pipeline

02 February 2017, 12:46 | Candice Butler

Easement imminent for final leg of Dakota Access pipeline

Dakota Access oil pipeline that would stretch from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it is beginning a review for final approval of the pro

"It is paramount for public safety, and to prevent an environmental disaster, that the camps be cleared prior to a potential spring flood", said North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, a Republican who supports the completion of the pipeline, in a statement.

The tribe has been in a months-long legal battle against Energy Transfer Partners, which is building the line. Last week, Trump signed two executive orders reviving both the Dakota Access and the Keystone pipelines. "People are jumping the gun, no easement has been issued", he said, adding that he had confirmed that with the Justice Department.

"The Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer informed us that he has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline", Hoeven said in a Tuesday night statement according to The Hill.

Our discussion comes almost two months since a federal agency effectively put the brakes on the DAPL pipeline, saying it would launch a lengthier environmental review.

"The Assistant Secretary for the Army Civil Works will make a decision on the easement once a full review and analysis is completed in accordance with the directive", he said. The tribe also cites an 1851 treaty that it says designated the land in question for Native American tribes.

At one point, almost 10,000 people had flocked to the site.

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"All the individuals who were there were warned". North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and IL will receive huge influxes of taxes and spending that will stimulate their economy and can fund reinvestment in schools and other government programs.

Dump trucks and heavy machinery rolled into the protest camp near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday, and crews began filling large dumpsters with garbage that has accumulated, much of it now buried under snow.

During the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, former first daughter Malia Obama was spotted actively protesting against the controversial pipeline in one of her first post-White House actions. The tribe is particularly concerned that the easement may be granted without the requisite environmental review being completed.

If the EIS is abandoned, this would mean that the change is based on "personal views and, potentially, personal investments" of Donald Trump, the statement said.

The corps granted the easement at Lake Oahe in July along with a "notice of no significant impact", then withdrew it in December under pressure from pipeline protesters camping out near the route in southwest North Dakota. What's more, a group of USA military veterans collectively known as Veterans Stand has vowed to put boots on the ground alongside the Sioux (and between law enforcement and the completion of the pipeline) to aid them in their efforts.

However, President Trump is right about one thing - the Dakota Access pipeline should be built.

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