Fastpassing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

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Another Obama roadblock is about to be cleared.

Opponents to the Keystone XL and Dakota pipelines will be raising hell this week after Trump enacted executive orders to advance construction of the pipelines. The pair of projects have been locked in bitter legal battles since Obama blocked the construction and denied approval in November 2015.  This will give those Hilary and liberal losers another thing to protest against.  Just as Trump is in his 2nd day of full office, he is reversing many of Obamas job killing, liberal policies.  And for good reason.

Trump is planning to revitalize the steel industry by allowing American steel workers to produce the pipes.  “We’re going to put a lot of … steel workers back to work,” Trump said. “We’ll build our own pipelines, we will build our own pipes.”  Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, hinted that there will be a “energy revolution” descending on our nation in the coming months to make the country more energy independent and create more jobs.

This comes just a day after Trump signed measures withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and instituting a hiring freeze for most of the federal government. He also ordered federal agencies on his first day in office to ease the regulatory burden of the Affordable Care Act.  This is in sharp contrast from O’s first few days in office which saw him impose new rules on governmental transparency and a pay freeze to salaries of upper level governmental jobs.   This did nothing to help bring Americans out of the so-called “economic crisis” that he so sorely campaigned on against President Bush.

“For months, the Obama administration has politically stalled a legally permitted project that had already been through an exhaustive review process and has twice been upheld by the federal courts. Failure to finish (The Dakota Access pipeline) would send a chilling signal to those in any industry who wish to invest in our state and play by the rules”, said Doug Burgum, Governor, North Dakota

You may recall in November 2016,  protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) had a short victory.  Federal officials denied the final permits required for the pipeline to traverse across tribal lands in North Dakota.   The Army Corps of Engineers had also announced it would instead conduct an environmental impact review of the 1,170-mile pipeline project and determine if there are other ways to route it to avoid a crossing under the Missouri River.

Even after this victory, instead of leaving, the protesters continued to protest in the bitter cold, claiming only a small victory because of the potential reversal by the Trump administration which came to fruition today.

Many people argue that it will risk contamination of water and the environment, but really, what civilized country doesn’t have that risk at both land and sea when it comes to oil production.  This order will both increase our domestic oil production and decrease our dependency on foreign oil.

North Dakota has noticed a significant increase in oil production with over a million barrels of crude oil production per day since 2014.   At its completion, the pipeline is forecast deliver 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Dakotas to Illinois.  The pipeline will also eliminate the risk of truck and rail spills and save an enormous amount of money on oil transport.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a $3.7 billion investment that will create 8,000 to 12,000 local jobs during construction. Millions of hours of labor will be needed during the construction phase, putting welders, mechanics, electricians, pipefitters, heavy equipment operators and others within the heavy construction industry to work. There will also be increased demand for those who manufacture the steel pipes, fittings, valves, pumps and control devices necessary for a major pipeline, and local economies along the route will feel direct impact through the expanded use of hotels, motels, restaurants, and other services. (Energy Transfer Website)

The Standing Rock Sioux who live in the area and the environmental groups have opposed the building of the pipelines.  Environmentalists have jumped on the band wagon with Native American nations because they often have treaty rights over land and water use that the U.S. government is obliged to honor.  The environmental group, Earthjustice used the Sioux Tribe as pawns to further their anti-pipeline agenda and to block energy-development in the United States.  Shame on them.  They would rather see us more dependent on foreign oil or go ‘green’ with solar and wind energies.

The Long and short of it is that if the eco-terrorists like Earthjustice are successful in choking off all energy developments in the US, which is what their goal is, you had better dig grandmas kerosene lantern out of the closet and sharpen your ax to cut some firewood because these eco-terrorist groups will have all of us living a 17th century life style.- Alan Johnson (Resident in North Dakota)

The tribes have had years to attend meetings and the pipeline companies have gone out of their way to accommodate tribal leaders.  Unfortunately, Standing Rock Sioux leaders have refused to sit down and meet with either the Army Corps or the pipeline companies.  The Army Corps actually consulted 55 Native American Tribes at least 389 times, after which they proposed 140 variations of the route to avoid culturally sensitive areas in North Dakota.  (Dakota Access Pipeline – the Controversy Continues)

According to an article written by EcoWatch, the standing Rock chairman filed papers one day before they began to bulldoze sites, which he claimed as burial sites.  In fact, a federal judge, just one week earlier, declared that there were no sacred grounds affected.  The pipeline construction follows the existing route of the Northern Borders Natural Gas Pipeline that was built in 1982.  There were no identified cemeteries or sacred grounds then or now.  If there were, why didn’t chairman Archaumbault do it earlier instead of waiting until the heavy equipment came in to start construction?

Protesters will again be out in full force this week there is no doubt.  This will likely not go well.  So first there was the election losers, then the inauguration losers, then the anti-Trump Women’s March losers and now the environmentalist losers will be out in true fashion.

In New York City, about 300 protesters gathered outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower, chanting slogans such as “If all lives matter, then Native lives matter” and “You can’t drink oil, even in the soil.” (Reuters)

As you may recall from previous protests, although protesters claim to be gathered for peaceful prayer and meditation, law enforcement had been forced to arrest more than 400 in response to several unlawful incidents, including trespassing on and damaging private land, chaining themselves to equipment, burning tires and fields, damaging cars and a bridge, harassing residents of nearby farms and ranches, and killing and butchering livestock.  There was even at least one reported incident where gun shots were fired at police.  The vandalizing of graves in a Bismarck cemetery and the unconscionable graffiti marking on the North Dakota column at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., are examples of how the protesters’ actions do not match their claims of peaceful demonstration. (The Daily Signal)

Today, it was announced that The Indigenous Environmental Network, a leading tribal organization dedicated to blocking further construction of the Dakota Access project, promised a new round of “massive mobilization and civil disobedience.” (CNN)

“The Indigenous Environmental Network is extremely alarmed with President Donald Trump’s announcement of the two Executive Orders setting the stage for approving the dirty energy pipeline projects of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Sioux Tribes, as sovereign Native nations, were never consulted by Trump or his Administration on this decision that further violates the treaty rights of the Lakota, Nakota, Dakota people. Trump is portraying his true self by joining forces with the darkness of the Black Snake pipelines crossing across the culturally and environmentally rich landscape of the prairie lands of America.

“These actions by President Trump are insane and extreme, and nothing short of attacks on our ancestral homelands as Indigenous peoples. The actions by the president today demonstrate that this Administration is more than willing to violate federal law that is meant to protect Indigenous rights, human rights, the environment and the overall safety of communities for the benefit of the fossil fuel industry.

“These attacks will not be ignored, our resistance is stronger now than ever before and we are prepared to push back at any reckless decision made by this Administration. If Trump does not pull back from implementing these orders, it will only result in more massive mobilization and civil disobedience on a scale never seen of a newly seated President of the United States.” (IEN)

Expect more of the same as building of the pipeline will now continue.


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6 thoughts on “Fastpassing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

  1. I am NOT saying I agree with the pipeline. So, with that out of the way – isn’t it true that you will be complaining about Trump for the next four years, no matter what he does? (unless he gives the US away to anyone like his predecessor did?)

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      1. I was not complaining about Trump. Since I did not make myself clear, I will drop the subject. I promised myself I would not get into political discussions and it’s about time I kept that promise.

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  2. I would. Say to GP Cox, it’s okay to clarify yourself. It’s stimulating to have discussions because it helps all of us. Besides, it’s fun. Please, don’t drop out, clarify yourself and stay involved. HAGD (Have a great day)

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