The Standing Rock Sioux of North Dakota are vowing a fight against President Trump’s Dakota Access Pipeline green light.
“Today, Trump announced an executive order on DAPL–which not only violates the law, but it violates tribal treaties. Nothing will deter us from our fight for clean water. We will be taking legal action, and take this fight head on.”
“We urge you to fight and stand tall besides us,” a Facebook post on the tribe’s page says, encouraging supporters to take advantage of the recently announced Environmental Impact assessment and submit comments to the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as “call your congressional representatives and let them know that the people do not stand behind today’s decision. ”
“Stand together as one and we will not fall,” closes the post.
Trump telegraphed his intention to sign the orders Tuesday morning. “We’re going to make the process much more simple for the oil companies and everybody else that wants to do business in the United States,” Trump said during a meeting with U.S. auto executives at a White House.
In addition to an order advancing Energy Transfer Partner’s Dakota Access Pipeline construction, Trump effectively resurrected a defeated project with an order advancing the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, rejected in 2015 under President Obama. Keystone XL faced widespread national opposition — successful activism over several years, undone by a stroke of the new president’s pen.
“We are going to renegotiate some of the terms,” Trump declared upon signing the orders. “We will build our own pipelines we will build our own pipes.”
TransCanada and Energy Transfer Partners, as well as another company involved in the Dakota Access Pipeline’s construction, Sunoco Logistics, are seeing a significant boost in stock price.
Trump also signed an action to “expedite environmental review and approval of high-priority infrastructure projects.”
An attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux called Trump’s actions hasty and irresponsible.