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Trump transition team announces continued support for Dakota Access Pipeline
By Kevin Martinez
6 December 2016
Source: World Socialist Web Site
The Obama administration’s decision to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has left the fate of the project up to the incoming Trump White House. On Monday, Trump spokesman Jason Miller said the pipeline remains “something we support construction of, and will review the full situation in the White House and make an appropriate determination at that time.”
There can be little doubt that a Trump administration would reverse the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to stop construction of the pipeline underneath the Missouri River. While many have hailed Monday’s decision from the Army as a “historic” victory for the anti-pipeline activists who have gathered at the Oceti Sakowin camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, in reality nothing has been resolved and the energy companies are banking on a more favorable political climate in six weeks to resume construction.
The pipeline has cost $3.8 billion so far and travels some 1,200 miles to transport crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois, threatening cultural and environmental sites along the way. The pipeline as a whole is 92 percent complete, and in North Dakota, 99 percent complete. The only remaining obstacle to its completion is the segment under Lake Oahe, which is part of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation.
Energy conglomerates are hopeful that construction will be approved again under a Trump presidency. American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard said in a statement Sunday, “I am hopeful President-elect Trump will reject the Obama administration’s shameful actions to deny this vital energy project.”