News Update!!: Washington, DC: United States President Donald Trump issued an executive action approving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
United States of America President Donald Trump issued an executive action in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, District of Columbia on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 approving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
The decision advances the construction the 2 pipelines that former United States of America President Barack Obama blocked.
United States of America President Donald Trump said that the benefits of the pipelines will be two-fold; first being the construction of promised “vital energy infrastructure” that will transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil throughout the United States each day and second is jobs; 28,000 jobs.
The proposed 1,172 miles of pipeline would transport oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa and into Illinois.
Since United States of America President Donald Trump issued an executive action, protestors gathered around the country, including outside of the Wilshire Federal Building in Westwood, California quickly condemned his decisions.
Environmental advocates and Native American rights activists have been protesting for several months over their concerns with the pipelines’ potential impact on the environment and possible infringement upon the land and resources of Native American tribes.
In a statement, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman Dave Archambault II said, “President Trump is legally required to honor our treaty rights and provide a fair and reasonable pipeline process. Americans know this pipeline was unfairly rerouted towards our nation and without our consent. The existing pipeline route risks infringing on our treaty rights, contaminating our water and the water of 17 million Americans downstream.”
Meanwhile, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota where the Dakota Access Pipeline is being built, welcomed the move, as did Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia.
In a statement, Senator Joe Manchin “What this country needs is more jobs, and that is why I have always been a proponent of the Keystone XL Pipeline and was an original cosponsor of legislation approving the Keystone XL Pipeline project. With a majority of Americans in support of the Keystone XL pipeline’s construction, I’m glad we are finally moving forward with this important project.”
United States of America President Donald Trump also said that he wants it to be a requirement for the materials used in the pipeline to be manufactured in the United States of America, possibly contributing to additional work for supporting industries.
“If we are going to build pipelines in the United States, the pipes should be built in the United States. We build the pipelines, we want to build the pipe, going to put a lot of workers, lot of steelworkers back to work,” said United States of America President Donald Trump.
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