The Dakota Access Pipeline will soon take another step forward, as the United States Army Corps of Engineers says they will grant the easement necessary for construction to continue.
Under the Obama Administration, they Corps of Engineers had denied the easement, but under the Trump Administration they were given an executive order to move the project forward.
Here is the currently proposed Dakota Access Pipeline Route:
An environmental impact statement is also being cancelled, in order to expedite the project further.
However, the cancellation of the environmental impact statement could lead to more legal battles.
The Standing Rock Sioux say they will file a lawsuit against the US Army Corps of Engineers.
In a statement, the Standing Rock Sioux said, “To abandon the EIS would amount to a wholly unexplained and arbitrary change based on the President’s personal views.”
“We stand ready to fight this battle against corporate interest superseding government procedure and the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans,” they added.
With that said, it should be noted that the revised pipeline route does not touch Standing Rock Sioux territory. The pipeline is on a mixture of government-owned and private land.
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