Trump likely to reverse Obama decision halting Dakota pipeline

Bloomberg/Fuel Fix:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision to deny a permit for Energy Transfer Partners to build a section of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota is likely to be a temporary setback.

While the decision by President Barack Obama’s administration prevents the pipeline’s completion for now, analysts and Republican leaders have said Energy Transfer will probably receive the approval it seeks after President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January.

“The Obama administration’s refusal to issue an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline violates the rule of law and fails to resolve the issue,” North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, a Republican, said in an email. “Instead, it passes the decision off to the next administration, which has already indicated it will approve the easement, and in the meantime perpetuates a difficult situation for North Dakotans.”

Trump has expressed support for Dakota Access as recently as Dec. 1.

Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners LP called the move “a purely political action” in a statement Sunday, adding that they are fully committed to bringing the project to completion.

“This is nothing new from this administration, since over the last four months, the administration has demonstrated by its action and inaction that it intended to delay a decision in this matter until President Obama is out of office,” the companies said in the statement.
The Obama decision is bad policy that will only encourage the anti-energy left to engage in more acts against the public good.  The decision only makes sense if you want to pander to the unrealistic objectives of the "keep it in the ground" left that pushes a policy that would have Americans freezing in the dark.


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