Trump to Sign Orders to Approve Keystone XL, Dakota Access Oil Pipelines

The plan was halted in 2015 over environmental concerns by Obama

Donald Trump is expected to sign orders to put the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines back on the table next Tuesday, reports The Associated Press. The controversial pipelines were blocked in late 2015 by former president Barack Obama over environmental concerns.

An anonymous source close to the decision leaked the information to the press, but withheld their name since they were not authorized to speak on behalf of the Trump administration.

The pipeline would run from Alberta to refineries in Illinois and Texas. The Army Corps of Engineers halted construction last year after Standing Rock Sioux tribe and supporters protested its potential impact the Dakota Access pipeline under Lake Oahe would have on their drinking water and Native American cultural sites.

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