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Trump signs off on DAPL

Karissa Gastelo, Staff Writer

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In 2015, the former president Barack Obama rejected the plan to push forward the construction of Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, in hopes of increasing energy infrastructure. Now, in 2017, newly elected president Donald Trump, granted an order which will allow progression of the installation of these pipelines. Both pipelines brought up old problems, the Dakota Access which was a major conflict for Native Americans, and the Keystone XL dragging up old arguments of need and greed within environmental energy.

 

The Keystone XL company is owned by TransCanada. Trump states that he plans to renegotiate certain terms, possibly the use of American steel, exclusively. Trump holds the belief that this term would create a lot of jobs in America. He also believes that the sign off will strengthen the relationship between America and Canada.
For months the Dakota Access pipeline was protested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with non-Native American activist. If built it would be a mere mile away from their reservations as well as pose a severe threat to wildlife and water supply if built, as pipelines often leak and spill. While the sign offs mainly only permit that construction be brought up again and discussed, after the Obama’s administration’s’ rejection, the fate of the pipelines remained undetermined until Congressional approval, which is “imminent” according to Dakota lawmakers. While protest have been occurring consistently for month, a large wave of protesters have joined in again after hearing of the sign off.  This wednesday 70 protesters were arrested for trespassing on the land.

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