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February 7, 2017

IER Statement on Granting of Dakota Access Easement

February 7, 2017
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WASHINGTON–Today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced its intention to grant an easement for the Dakota Access pipeline. Institute for Energy Research President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement of support:

“The days of slow-walking and obstructing pipeline projects are clearly over. Today, the Army Corps of Engineers did what it should have done months ago by approving a pipeline that went through a lawful environmental and cultural review. The previous administration ignored this lawful review and blocked the Dakota Access pipeline simply to appease the ‘keep it in the ground’ lobby and its celebrity followers.

“Today’s news is bigger than any one pipeline. Pipelines are critical to safely and efficiently transporting the very energy resources that American families and businesses rely on every day. This decision shows that the Trump administration is serious about ensuring Americans have access to affordable, reliable energy and good-paying jobs.

“We sincerely hope that the leaders of the protest movement respect this decision and discourage any further escalation of tension in the region.”

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  • Jim Greene

    At what cost to the environment. These people have had to many leaks and cracks in their pipes already. when will we be satisfied? When the rivers run black with oil? when the shores are fouled with the slick and fish lay dying? All so I can pump gas for ten cents less. Don’t do it on my account. But I will hold you responsible if something happens. Your pushing this so fast that my gut tells me something is wrong here somewhere.

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