President Signs Order To Advance Keystone XL and DAPL
As many expected, President Donald Trump used his second weekday in office to sign actions aimed at advancing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
"Something's that's been in dispute and is subject to a renegotiation of terms by us," Trump said of the Keystone XL pipeline before signing the executive action. "We'll see if we can get that pipeline built. Lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs. Great construction jobs."
He also signed an action for the Dakota Access pipeline, "again subject to terms and conditions to be negotiated by us" he said.
Mr. Trump also said he wanted to make it a requirement that if pipelines are constructed, the pipes are also built in the United States.
UPDATE: An attorney for the Native American tribe that started the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline says it will continue its fight in court.
The Standing Rock Sioux is challenging federal permits at more than 200 water crossings along the pipeline's route, with the primary fight focused on the reservoir near the tribe's reservation here.
President Donald Trump issued an executive action Tuesday advancing construction of the pipeline. Tribal attorney Jan (yahn) Hasselman says if Mr. Trump's action leads to approval of the lake-crossing, the tribe's fight in court will continue but "the context will shift."