Two Democratic United States representatives are looking for answers for the 180-degree turn the U.S. Armed force Corps of Engineers took to give an easement for the Dakota Access pipeline after Donald Trump marked his presidential notice not long after in the wake of accepting the administration. It was a sudden turn from when the December 4, 2016 choice not to give the easement under the watch of the Obama administration.Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) and Tom Carper
(D-Delaware) composed a letter, dated April 3, 2017, to Lieutenant General Todd Semonite, ordering general and head of architects at the U.S. Armed force Corps of Engineers (Corps) calling into the question the absence of straightforwardness by the Corps in its sudden change.
The representatives are requesting full documentation of the procedure, including any interchanges with the Trump move group and administration.”Several news reports show that Energy Transfer Partners and its backup Sunoco Logistics, who will work the Dakota Access pipeline, have disregarded ecological and other legitimate prerequisites in the development and operation of pipeline undertakings that have brought about more than $22 million in government fines since 2010,” the legislators write in part.The two congresspersons reference the almost 17 million individuals who live downstream from where the pipeline crosses the Missouri River.
THEY GO TO ASK: “DOES THE CORPS HAVE A PLAN OR HAS IT CONSIDERED ANY ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS TO PROTECT AND PROVIDE ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER TO THESE CITIZENS IF THE CONSTRUCTION OR OPERATION ACTIVITIES OF ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS AND THEIR SUBSIDIARIES RELATED TO THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE CONTAMINATE THEIR WATER SUPPLIES?”
The two representatives are positioning individuals from the Senate panels on the Environment and Public Works and Energy and Natural Resources. The are asking the Corps react to their requests by April 12, 2017.