- On Sunday, a historic victory was declared when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declined the permit request for the Dakota Access pipeline.
- Energy Transfer Partners, the oil company behind the pipeline deal, has been vocal in their public criticism of the Army Corps’ decision.
- With a stroke of a pen, Trump could allow ETP to continue with their pipeline construction plans.
- This is precisely why Standing Rock Tribe Chairman David Archambault II has taken the initiative to arrange a meeting with the president-elect
- Now, the Army Corps of Engineers has to submit another assessment — called an Environmental Impact Statement — of the pipeline before any further action.
- The statement is made up of three phases — scoping, draft and final — and is open to public input before the statement becomes finalized.
- This process could take several months past Trump’s inauguration, according to Andy Pearson, an environmental activist. Read more