Could The Dakota Access Pipeline Still Happen Under Trump?
During the last days of his presidency, President Barack Obama is trying valiantly to pass legislation that would increase oversight over this country’s system of oil pipelines. Included in these pieces of legislation is the Dakota Access Pipeline. Recently, the president refused to grant an easement to Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company that is trying to build the pipeline. President Obama, in one of the best decisions made during his presidency, killed the potentially hazardous Keystone XL pipeline earlier this year.
As you probably know, opponents of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline one day major victory when the federal government denied the necessary easement for Energy Transport Partners (ETP) to continue building the pipeline. For now, ETP is stuck in the mud, unless incoming President Trump decides to pull them out, even if by trickery, deception, or just plain lawbreaking.
With a new administration coming into power, I hope people aren’t celebrating victory over the Dakota Access Pipeline too early so that they let their guard down. I don’t trust Donald Trump on anything, especially something done by President Obama. Trump has never shown himself to be a fan of government regulation, unless he benefits from it. He is your typical Republican businessman.
Even though federal oversight and regulation over this nation’s ever-increasing system of oil pipelines should have been years ago, I applaud President Obama’s efforts to protect our environment. There have been an increased number of accidental spills on these pipelines for the past several years, so increase regulation is necessary. The big question is, will Donald Trump derail this regulation and oversight?
- Donald Trump ‘very supportive’ of Keystone XL pipeline in first conversation with Justin Trudeau (business.financialpost.com)
- Top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway to tour oil sands before inauguration (news.nationalpost.com)
- The Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Is the Future of Environmental Activism (time.com)