This could be the start of Donald Trump’s so-called ‘energy revolution’.
Despite the presence of a snowy protest camp in North Dakota, the US Army Corps of Engineers has been told to allow the completion of a multi-billion dollar oil pipeline, denounced by environmentalists and native Americans alike.
Their campaign led the Obama administration to ask for an additional environmental review. But days after taking office last month, President Trump signed an executive order allowing the controversial project to go forward.
Signing orders to move forward with the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines in the Oval Office. pic.twitter.com/OErGmbBvYK— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 24 janvier 2017
Most of the nearly 1,900 kilometre long pipeline is already built. Crossing four states, it will transport up to 570,000 barrels of oil a day from North Dakota to refineries in Illinois.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other protesters at the Sacred Stone Camp say the plan “threatens everything from farming and drinking water to entire ecosystems, wildlife and food sources surrounding the Missouri River” as well as crossing sacred sites. It has vowed to fight on, in the courts.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is being built by a subsidiary of Texas-based firm Energy Transfer Partners (ETP).