President-elect Donald Trump’s victory has had a large impact on the future of the U.S. – the latest prediction for the country being the imminent completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, despite the protest of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas has confirmed that the work on the pipeline is finished, except for tunneling under the Missouri River. However, the company still needs a final easement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete the project.
On Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers repeated its request to ETP to stand down from the project while the issue of reconsidering the permits and easement is resolved. While the company has not made any official move toward completing the pipeline, they have begun gathering equipment and hope to be ready to begin drilling within two weeks.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II has asked President Obama to reroute the pipeline, although any cease and desist from the president will likely be temporary, due to Trump taking office in January.
ETP began construction of the pipeline began before it had all of the permits and easements in hand. Additionally, the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes claim that they were never meaningfully consulted in the project.
According to Archambault in a quote given to The Seattle Times:
“The only path forward for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is a decision that denies the easement or subjects it to a full environmental-impact statement and tribal consultation.”