With great interest, I just read a current online article that is about two oil pipeline-related memorandums that President Trump signed this week.
Due to the orders being signed by the president, work can now resume on the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota. The Keystone XL pipeline project from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska has also now been granted approval to proceed with construction.
The Dakota Access Pipeline, however, threatens an important water source for the Native American Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota. The memorandums signed by President Trump are in sharp contrast to the cooperative spirit that the previous administration displayed regarding the project.
The US Army Corps of Engineers stopped progress on the Dakota Access Pipeline in December, calling for a more extensive environmental review of the project.
According to the article, because the formal announcement of the proposed environmental study has already been published in the Federal Register, a quick reversal of the decision could create legal issues.
The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and representatives of Native American rights organizations have voiced their disapproval of the President’s decision.
The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers in December to halt progress on the Dakota Access Pipeline seemed like a temporary victory of sorts for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. With the signing of the memorandum regarding this pipeline, it appears that any environmental progress that has been made on the issue may now be disregarded.Categories: Dakota Access Pipeline, Native American, Native American Tribes, Rock Sioux Tribe