Trump Not Saying How He’ll View Dakota Access
President-elect Donald Trump isn’t saying what he’ll do about the $3.8 billion, four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline once he takes office in January.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller said Monday that the incoming president supports construction of the pipeline. But he wouldn’t say whether Trump would reverse an Army Corps of Engineers decision to deny a permit for the pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota.
The segment under Lake Oahe is the only remaining big chunk of construction on the 1,200-mile pipeline to carry North Dakota oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.
The Standing Rock Sioux says the project threatens cultural sites and drinking water on its nearby reservation. Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners says the Corps’ decision was politically motivated.
Miller says the Trump administration will review the situation “and make the appropriate determination.”