Trump not saying how he’ll view Dakota Access pipeline


The Associated Take in ones arms Posted: Dec 05, 2016 12:57 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 05, 2016 8:29 PM ET


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U.S. president-elect Donald Trump isn’t mention what he’ll do about the $3.8 billion US, four-state Dakota Access oil in the offing once he takes office in January.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller bruit about Monday that the incoming president supports construction of the pipeline. But he wouldn’t say whether Trump want reverse an Army Corps of Engineers decision to deny a permit for the coming to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota.

The component under Lake Oahe is the only remaining big chunk of construction on the 1,900-kilometre cooking to carry North Dakota oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping bring up in Illinois. The Standing Rock Sioux says the project threatens cultural instals and drinking water on its nearby reservation.

Texas-based pipeline developer Zing Transfer rtners says the Corps’ decision was politically motivated. The fellowship continues to seek permission for the crossing from a federal judge.

Miller claims the Trump administration will review the situation “and make the appropriate resolve.”

‘Top priority’

A trade association representing the U.S. oil and natural gas industry on Monday goaded Trump to make approval of the Dakota Access oil pipeline a “top priority” when he use ups office next month.

American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard asserted in a statement that the Obama administration “is putting politics over well-constructed public policy.” He said Trump should “stand up for American consumers and American blue-collar workers.”

Meanwhile, the leader of the Standing Rock Sioux said the tribe “inclination be forever grateful to the Obama administration” for the Army Corps of Engineers’ resolution to refuse to allow the construction of a pipeline

Chairman Dave Archambault breaks he hopes Energy Transfer rtners and the incoming Trump administration force respect that decision.

Archambault said the Corps’ decision “took tremendous intrepidity.”

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