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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Calls on President Trump to Honor Environmental Impact Study Process

January 27, 2017

The Chair of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is urging President Trump to allow for the completion of a full Environmental Impact Statement on the Energy Transfer Partner’s Dakota Access Pipeline.

Dave Archambault says the study is already underway and the public comment period is still open. He claims Trump’s change in course is arbitrary and without justification and that the law requires changes in agency positions to be backed by new circumstances or new evidence, not simply by the President’s whim. He adds in a letter to Trump, ‘it makes it even more difficult when one considers the close personal ties you and your associates have had with Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco’.

Archambault says the US Army Corps of Engineers currently lacks statutory authority to issue the easement because it has committed to the Environmental Impact Statement.

Trump’s memorandum issued earlier this week was designed to move construction forward on both the Dakota Access pipeline and the Keystone XL pipeline. The Dakota Access pipeline terminates at the Patoka Oil Tank Farm in northwestern Marion County.

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