Published: Thu, February 02, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Senator: Army Corps will resume construction of Dakota Access pipeline

Senator: Army Corps will resume construction of Dakota Access pipeline

In his first days as president, Donald Trump has made waves with a series of wide-ranging executive orders.

People walk through the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., January 24, 2017. The North Dakota Republican cheered the announcement and called Trump "a man of action".

Cleanup is now underway at the encampment where pipeline opponents have protested for months.

John Hoeven says the Acting Secretary of the Army has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with an easement necessary to complete the Dakota Access pipeline.

He said in a statement the pipeline would be constructed with safety features to provide protection for the Standing Rock Sioux.

"I have received word the Department of Defense is granting the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline and Congressional notification is imminent".

Hoeven said acting secretary Robert Speer informed Vice President Mike Pence and him of the impending approval. In addition, the Native American tribe has expressed well-founded fears that the excavation for the pipeline is damaging and will continue to destroy ancient sacred sites. In one instance, protesters were hosed down in sub-freezing temperatures resulting in multiple people requiring treatment for hypothermia and other temperature-related injuries. And so North Dakota is gearing up to tax them.

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Though many activists left Standing Rock after the Obama administration denied the company's permits in December, some have remained camped out by the construction site through the harsh North Dakota winter.

The Lake Oahe crossing has been one of the central points of contention for the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies, since a spill at that location would contaminate the tribe's drinking water.

The $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile oil pipeline, which runs through four states almost entirely on private land, is nearly completed.

According to the group, they are prepared to mobilize thousands of vets to stand in the way of the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

What are your thoughts on the controversial pipeline? Trump's order allows the pipelines to proceed but the projects are still a long way from getting underway.

Hoeven and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., have both, meanwhile, been pressing for additional federal law enforcement support in the vicinity of the pipeline, where protesters have been camped for the most of 2016 on property managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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