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BREAKING: Trump Signs Executive Order Forcing Continuation of DAPL & Keystone XL

In a move that is sure to cause a firestorm of controversy, Donald Trump signed Executive Orders at 11 a.m. EST, advancing the Dakota Access Pipeline as well as the Keystone XL.

According to Reuters, U.S. President Donald Trump signed two executive actions on Tuesday to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, an administration official said, rolling back key Obama administration environmental policies in favor of expanding energy infrastructure.

The entire substance of the executive order was not made immediately clear. However, they will fulfill campaign promises Trump made to approve both pipelines — which have been vehemently opposed by a massive bipartisan sect.

This news comes on the heels of a pipeline spill yesterday, which dumped hundreds of thousands of liters of oil on an aboriginal community in Canada.

As the Free Thought Project has reported, this move by Trump has been premeditated since the election. It is most likely why the company behind DAPL, Energy Transfer Partners, said in December, the denial of an easement necessary to drill under the Missouri River is of no consequence for its plans to complete the project.

According to a statement from Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, which is acquiring ETP in a merger:

“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 incoming administration already stated its support for the project and the courts have already stated twice that it appeared the Corps followed the required process in considering the permit,” said Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND) in a statement last month.

Heitkamp, incidentally, met with President-Elect Donald Trump last month, to the delight of Morton County Commission Chairman Cody Schulz, who noted:

“I sincerely hope Senator Heitkamp is able to make a direct plea to the new Administration for the help and resources from the federal government that are desperately needed to assist local law enforcement in their efforts to provide public safety, and to expedite a decision on the final easement for the Dakota Access pipeline so that our citizens may return to their normal lives. We have seen nothing but foot-dragging and unhelpful directives from the Obama administration. I trust Senator Heitkamp will use her meeting and her influence to ensure that help is on the way for the people of North Dakota when the President-Elect is sworn in on January 20th.”

It now appears that these plans have made their way to official White House ink — and DAPL will continue as planned.

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This executive order by Trump seeks to override the decision by the Army Corps of Engineers who refused to grant permission to extend the Dakota Access pipeline beneath a Missouri River reservoir last month.

As the Free Thought Project has previously reported, the DAPL is set to go over lands which do not belong to the Federal Government as they were usurped by the state’s violation of Native American treaties.

As for TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline, that was also rejected under former President Barack Obama. However, this move was seen by many as a seeming giveaway to Warren Buffet who holds a quasi-monopoly on train-based oil transportation through the same region.

Once news of the Executive Order broke, TransCanada stock climbed as much as 1.1 percent to C$63.25 at 9:33 a.m. in New York. Energy Transfer Equity LP and Energy Transfer Partners LP climbed as much as 3.3 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively, as reported by Bloomberg.

Donald Trump, prior to being elected to POTUS, had investments in Energy Transfer Partners. According to CNBC, in December, he sold his entire stake in the company as ownership in it could be perceived as a conflict of interest.

CNBC also reported that Energy Transfer Partners’ owner, Kelcy Warren, “gave $100,000 to Trump’s joint fundraising effort with the Republican Party.”

This move will likely be met with more protests and even more police violence.

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  • stephenverchinski

    Should be interesting to see this going to the courts. Guess Trumps “negotiating skillset” only includes dictatorship. Idiot for a President for sure. I know, I could have had the thieving warmonger. Damn the oligarchs sure gave us the best choices in the framed diopoly. Well no more, not ever. PEOPLE, PLANET AND PEACE OVER PROFITS. http://www.GP.org.

    • permalink

      “Should be interesting to see this going to the courts”

      Court?

      The DAPL will be completed before the Supreme Court gets it’s paperwork in order…

      • stephenverchinski

        So its OK for Trump to circumvent the rule of law like Obama did? Permalink so sad to even consider you as a fellow citizen who would honor dictatorial pronouncements

        • permalink

          So why did Obama get involved? The horizontal drilling should have never been stopped.

          Don’t necessarily want to burst your bubble, but the USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) **did** in fact allow the easement in July 2016…

          The environmental assessment is available on the Omaha CoE website. Be aware it is 1,100+ pages long.

          • stephenverchinski

            Assessments are not an EIS. Problem is we need to be really looking at the policy options and costs and not just a ROW.

          • permalink

            I have looked at the EA and there is nothing in there that an EIS will find different.

            Secondly, wasting time on a project that is 95% complete is idiotic.

            Even the Laramie Treaty allows for “public utility” right-of-way.

            How do you think the natural gas pipeline, electric high-voltage line, and yes, even a railroad crossed there?

    • Clearanceman2 .

      He said exactly what he planned to do and people elected him. Now he’s doing it.

  • Called this last summer, hate being right when we all (the 99%) will suffer for it.

    Wake up stupid!
    https://youtu.be/njSV5LtVmR4?t=51m5s

  • Jeff Edmonds

    I wonder if the right wing nuts will scream about him circumventing law with this dictatorial move like they screamed about Obama. No wait… I dont wonder.. they wont say shit.

    they hired one of the most corrupt man on the planet to end corruption in washington….
    their simple mindedness is only overshadowed by their extreme hypocrisy

    • permalink

      Hard to circumvent when it was approved by the USACE in July 2016.

      • Jeff Edmonds

        your fucking brilliant. I guess the rest of the world didn’t realize that we it is the fourth entity to our system of government. There’s a million people all over the fucking country making their fucking excuse for this abuse. I fucking hypocritical

        • permalink

          Maybe you should try reading (USACE environmental assessment) instead of name-calling.

          Because if you did that, you would know why the DAPL was approved in July 2016.

    • jacqueline

      So what would your Hillary have done?

      • Jeff Edmonds

        No not my Hillary I did not vote for that Cunt that’s why she didn’t win 10 million Bernie supporters signed a pledge refuse to vote for her that’s why your boys in office and no other reason and don’t you forget that

        • Clearanceman2 .

          He’s in office because Hillary ran a bad campaign. Sanders was cheated in the primary and the head of DNC had to resign and hillary hired her for her campaign. That’s very short sighted. I would have offered Sanders the VP publicly. He would have turned it down but I would have had nothing to do with the fallen head of the DNC and I would have offered him the VP publicly. Those are just two things she did wrong. But face it, Trump is doing what he said he would do. What did you expect him to do?

      • Jeff Edmonds

        would really ironic is you hired a guy that is known to be one of the most cute corrupt businessman on planet Earth to stamp out corruption in Washington.

        So what does he do? The first thing he does is create a executive order the goes against the will of 89% of the u.s. population votes Republican and Democrat.

        And then for good measure he signs a gag order so the people of this country can’t even find out if there’s any environmental damage done by this thing that is not going to in any way benefit its people all in the name of special interest group aka the oil cartels

        for the past eight years all I’ve heard is Republican people random people screaming that executive orders should be illegal. But now it’s all okay right?

        This isn’t a fucking football game