by Derrick Broze, Activist Post:
Less than one week into office, Donald Trump has signed an executive order approving of construction with the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
Everyone’s favorite “anti-establishment” president signed two executive orders on Tuesday which will allow construction on the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines to continue. President Trump took the actions on Tuesday in an attempt to keep his promises to “make America great again” by attempting to increase domestic energy production via oil pipelines.
The Keystone XL pipeline has been opposed by environmental activists for seven years, while the Dakota Access pipeline by Native American tribes since April 2016. The Obama Administration rejected the Keystone XL pipeline in November 2015. The DAPL was also recently denied a permit for construction on the final portion of the pipeline which goes under Lake Oahe.
Meanwhile, the North Dakota Petroleum Council, the trade group for the state’s oil producers, called the move “a great step forward for energy security in America.” It should be noted that President Trump owned stock in Energy Transfer Partners, the majority owner of the pipeline, until mid-2016. Rick Perry, Trump’s nominee for U.S. Energy Secretary also sat on the board of ETP until late 2016.
In early December, the Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for ETP to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. Following the Corps’ decision, Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, stated that alternate routes will be considered based on a new environmental impact statement (EIS) that will include input from the public and the tribe.
Trump’s executive order comes only one week after U.S. District Court Judge James Boesberg denied DAPL attorneys’ attempt to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from conducting the EIS on the Lake Oahe crossing. The Army Corps of Engineers also officially published a notice of intent in the federal register to prepare a partial EIS.
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