Energy Transfer Partners releases statement on Army’s order to reroute Dakota pipeline
Zach Cartwright | December 5, 2016
The companies behind the Dakota Access Pipeline are dismissing this weekend’s decision by the Department of the Army to halt the pipeline as a “political action.”
In a public statement, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Sunoco Logistics (SXL) blasted President Obama’s Army Corps of Engineers for “abandon[ing] the rule of law in favor of currying favor with a narrow and extreme political constituency.” The companies also vowed to continue pipeline construction without rerouting the project around Lake Oahe, which protesters say would endanger drinking water supplies for Native American communities.
ETP and SXL also criticized the Army Corps of Engineers for granting permits for the project earlier in the year only to revoke them later in order to conduct an environmental impact study. According to the statement’s language, the companies appear to have promised a continuation of construction in order to convince investors to not drop out of the project. As US Uncut recently reported, Norway’s largest bank has already pulled its assets out of the project, and some of the pipeline’s approximately 40 major funders may be rethinking their investment following the Department of the Army’s announcement to halt pipeline construction.
“As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way,” the statement read.
As Fortune reported, Sunoco Logistics is the worst in the industry when it comes to how often they spill crude oil, with over 200 leaks since 2010. Energy Transfer Partners also has a spotty record with its pipelines, as a 42-inch pipeline in Texas exploded last year, requiring neighboring residents to evacuate the area. Indigenous communities say if the Dakota Access Pipeline were to be built along its planned route underneath the Missouri River, any future rupture could endanger drinking water supplies for millions of people in multiple states.
ETP may be banking on the incoming Trump administration to greenlight the project, as the President-elect has come out in support of the pipeline. The billionaire business mogul is also still personally invested in the pipeline as of this writing.
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