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Obama Administration Dakota Pipeline Intervention 'Unprecedented,' API, Union Officials Say


As a coalition of Native American and environmental activists staged protests in Washington, DC, and around the nation Tuesday, energy industry and construction trades officials pushed back against the Obama administration's eleventh-hour interference in the Dakota Access oil pipeline project now under construction.

American Petroleum Institute (API) CEO Jack Gerard and North American Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey said the intervention last Friday (see Shale Daily, Sept. 9) by three federal agencies changes “the rules in the middle of the road."

Those "unprecedented" actions came immediately after a federal district judge had ruled in favor the ongoing, nearly 1,200-mile pipeline project cutting through North/South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois, and they carry a "chilling effect" on future U.S. infrastructure projects that transcends the energy industry, Girard and McGarvey said during a conference call Tuesday.


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