Following the Dec. 4 announcement that the Army Corps of Engineers would not issue an “easement” to Dakota Access Pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners LP and Sunoco Logistics Partners LP responded by calling the decision “a purely political action.”
The joint company statement lambasted the President Barack Obama administration for its “action and inaction” over the last four months, which the companies said was “intended to delay a decision in this matter until President Obama is out of office.”
The statement said:
“For more than three years now, Dakota Access Pipeline has done nothing but play by the rules. The Army Corps of Engineers agrees, and has said so publicly and in federal court filings. The Corps’ review process and its decisions have been ratified by two federal courts. The Army Corps confirmed this again today when it stated its ‘policy decision’ does ‘not alter the Army’s position that the Corps’ prior reviews and actions have comported with legal requirements.’
“In spite of consistently stating at every turn that the permit for the crossing of the Missouri River at Lake Oahe granted in July 2016, comported with all legal requirements, including the use of an environmental assessment, rather than an environmental impact statement, the Army Corps now seeks to engage in additional review and analysis of alternative locations for the pipeline.
“The White House’s directive today to the Corps for further delay is just the latest in a series of overt and transparent political actions by an administration which has abandoned the rule of law in favor of currying favor with a narrow and extreme political constituency.”
Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics concluded the statement by saying the companies remain “fully committed” to building the Dakota Access Pipeline and insisted there would be no rerouting “in and around” Lake Oahe.
“Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way,” the statement concluded.Tags: Army Corps of Engineers, Dakota Access Pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, Sunoco Logistics