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Government Won’t Permit Oil Pipeline Under Missouri River

First Posted: Dec 07, 2016 03:10 AM EST
Dakota Pipeline
Industry leaders are seeking permission from the US government for the completion of the pipeline.
(Photo : Fox News/YouTube screenshot)

A pipeline is a great aid for oil industry. It lessens the time that shipment consumes. However, because of industrialization happening globally, the physical world and everything in it suffer tremendous damage. Dakota Access oil pipeline is now being raised by the industry leaders to President-elect Donald Trump for his approval. They are seeking permission once the President-elect takes the office in January 2017.

According to The Washington Post, two industry groups are calling on Trump's attention to permit the pipeline's completion. The requests come after the Army declined to issue a permit for the $3.8 billion pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

The American Petroleum Institute represents the U.S. oil and natural gas industry, and the MAIN Coalition is made up of agriculture, business and labor entities that benefit from Midwest infrastructure projects.

The spokesman, Jason Miller, told The Associated Press on Monday that Trump supports the construction of the pipeline but he cannot say whether Trump would reverse the Army's decision. Miller said that the Trump administration will make necessary reviews and appropriate action for the request.

Trump has stocks in Energy Transfer Partners. The pipeline opponents worry that Trump's investments could influence any decision he will make on the project and it could be unfavorable to them.

Energy Transfer Partners got a federal permit for the pipeline in July, about two years after it was announced. The pipeline was planned to transfer a half-million barrels of crude oil daily to an existing pipeline residing in Patoka, Illinois, for shipment to Midwest and Gulf Coast markets.

Industry supporters and leaders say that the pipelines will be protected from possible damage and leaks, providing a safe transfer of oil. It is a way safer than trucks and trains that may sometimes lead to accidents causing much more loss. The pipeline is almost complete except for a particular area under Lake Oahe, about a mile upstream of the reservation.

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