Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Final Permit for Controversial Dakota Pipeline Approved — Stay Tuned for Action

Outskirts of Dakota Pipeline Protest Camp, Cannon Ball, ND 
(Dakota National Guard Photo)

WASHINGTON/HOUSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will grant the final easement needed to finish the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, according to a court filing Tuesday.
The line had been delayed for several months after protests from Native American tribes and climate activists. The $3.8 billion line, which is being built by Energy Transfer Partners
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose reservation is adjacent to the line's route, has said they will fight the decision. The Army Corps had previously stated that they would undertake further environmental review of the project. The tribe was not immediately available for comment.
The 1,170-mile (1,885 km) line will bring crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region to Patoka, Illinois, and from there connect to the Gulf of Mexico, where many U.S. refineries are located. The tribe had fought the line for months, fearing contamination of their drinking water and damage to sacred sites on their land.
Numerous activists who have been protesting in North Dakota have vowed to stay, although the primary protest camp is located on a flood plain on Army Corps land and is in the process of being cleared.
Their protests, along with those of climate activists, resulted in the Obama administration's decision to delay a final permit that would allow construction under the Missouri River.
FYI – and directly (or possibly not) related to this “deal.”
Trump's most recent financial disclosure form said he owned between $15,000 and $50,000 of Energy Transfer Partners' (ETP) stock. Any sale must have taken place since then. Related story here.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks did not say whether he also sold his shares of Phillips 66, which has a smaller investment in the same ETP project.
ETP CEO, Kelcy Warren, gave $100,000 to Trump's joint fundraising effort with the Republican Party, according to FEC records Hope Hicks said that donation would not affect Trump's decision making when he takes office (I note: Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, and Tooth Fairy analogy come into focus right about now, too – if you believe that BS – but the issue is “how do we know for sure”). 
Late in November 2016 The Washington Post reported that Trump had sold off his ETP stake.
But, here are three absolutes as we deal with this issue as well as the “not ban, ban” and other critical government business:
1.  Donald Trump lies about most anything factually. He denies most everything documented he has said. He relies on rumors and conspiracies more than anything.
2.  Paul Ryan ignores the truth or anything regarding questions about Trump lies when asked as he dances around any media question in that regard.
3.  Mitch McConnell can’t even spell the word “truth” let alone know what it means.
Time will tell. But one thing is clear: Those three make up the GOP “leadership” right now, and they simply can’t be trusted or believed about most anything.
As I always say – stay tuned.

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