Donald Trump Plans to Advance Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines

Donald Trump Plans to Advance Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines

The President is expected to sign an executive order reversing Obama's decision to halt construction.

The President is expected to sign an executive order reversing Obama's decision to halt construction.

Text: William Defebaugh

It's only the first week of his presidency, and Trump has already made plans to reverse Obama's executive order to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline last month, reports say.

The $3.8 billion DAPL would run approximately 1,100 miles through North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. Despite claims by the project's masterminds, Energy Transport Partners, that this will be safer than transporting the oil by rail, protesters have brought forth evidence that the pipeline will sully water sources that the local communities depend on—namely the Standing Rock Sioux tribes. 570,000 barrels worth of crude oil is expected to be transported per day via the pipeline.

Trump is also expected to support the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport crude oil from Canada to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast.

"Shipping dirtier crude oil into our country would not increase America's energy security," Obama previously said in a statement about the Keystone pipeline. "What has increased America's energy security is our strategy over the past several years to reduce our reliance on dirty fossil fuels from unstable parts of the world. America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change. And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership."

Trump's camp has yet to confirm the order, but it should come as little surprise, considering he openly supported fossil fuels for his campaign platform. The order also clarifies secretary Sean Spicer's comments earlier this week: "I'm not gonna get in front of the president's executive actions, but I will tell you that areas like Dakota and the Keystone Pipeline, areas that we can increase jobs, increase economic growth, and tap into America's energy supply more, that's something that he has been very clear about," as transcribed by the Washington Post.

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