Dakota Access Pipeline Granted Final Approval By Trump Administration

Permission to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline without making costly detours around Lake Oahe or Native American lands will be granted by the Deputy Secretary of the Army.

Despite months of protest from American citizens, veterans, and the Native Americans whose land the pipeline will directly affect, the Trump administration, shortly after taking office, asked the Army Corps of Engineers to speed up the review of the project that had been previously asked for by President Barack Obama.

This move comes as no shock to oil and gas proponents, and falls squarely in line with the administration’s energy policies so far. According to communication between Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Paul D. Cramer to Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), with this easement granted, 7.37 acres of public land will soon be installed with an oil pipeline, comprising part of the larger, 1,172-mile-long Dakota Access Pipeline, which runs from the state’s Bakken shale oilfields to Patoka, Illinois.