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article imageTrump gets his approval from Army on Dakota Access Pipeline

By Karen Graham     Feb 7, 2017 in Politics
Washington D.c. - The Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday told lawmakers they will be giving the green light to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline as soon as Wednesday.
Trump, in keeping with his campaign promise to approve the Dakota Access Pipeline, ordered the Army to scrap an environmental impact assessment ordered by President Obama, and to get on with approving the pipeline. Today's news came after the Army sent letters to Congress and to a federal judge in Washington, D. C., according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Army also stated in the letters they would not be completing the environmental impact statement on the pipeline, although if they had gone ahead with it, the pipeline construction would have been delayed for at least a year. The move is seen as a victory for Donald Trump and the oil industry and a defeat for environmentalists and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
After posting the news about the Army's intent to grant the DAPL easement, one commenter on Dallas Goldtooth's Facebook page said: "Geez! I thought maybe the Army would have balls and say no to Trump like the judicial department."
Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners told the federal court judge on Monday they could have the pipeline completed in as little as 60 days once it got the easement, according to the Huffington Post.
Jan Hasselman, an attorney with Earthjustice, who represents the Standing Rock Sioux, already plans to challenge the government in court when the easement is approved, and called the government's action "illegal." Hasselman is unclear as to whether the construction of the pipeline would be allowed to proceed while the decision is being challenged in the courts.
“The Obama administration correctly found that the tribe’s treaty rights must be respected and that the easement should not be granted without further review and consideration of alternative crossing locations. Trump’s reversal of that decision continues a historic pattern of broken promises to Indian tribes and a violation of treaty rights,” Hasselman said in a statement.
350.org is reporting that Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, said: “Donald Trump will not build his Dakota Access Pipeline without a fight. The granting of an easement, without any environmental review or tribal consultation, is not the end of this fight — it is the new beginning. Expect mass resistance far beyond what Trump has seen so far.
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