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Key House Democrats call for hearing on Dakota Access Pipeline


Two leading Democrats in the House are calling for a hearing on the Dakota Access Pipeline as Republicans continue to maintain silence on the controversy.

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources, and Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-California), the top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs, both visited the #NoDAPL encampment in North Dakota over the weekend. After seeing the struggle first-hand, they want Congress to investigate whether federal agencies properly consulted the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe before approving the pipeline.

"We are very concerned about potential impacts both to sacred sites along the selected route for the pipeline, as well as to the tribe’s water source," the lawmakers said in a letter to their Republican counterparts on Tuesday. "Furthermore, we are disheartened to learn that meaningful consultation with the tribe concerning sacred sites and proposed mitigation plans has still not occurred."


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