Dakota Access Pipeline stands to gain with Donald Trump in the White House


The battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline is far from over but the controversial project stands to gain greatly if Republican president-elect Donald Trump follows through with his campaign promises.

Within his first 100 days in office, Trump has vowed to lift "roadblocks" to large-scale infrastructure projects like the $3.8 billion pipeline that Indian Country opposes. The fight is taking place on the ground in North Dakota but also in the courts and before key federal agencies whose leaders will soon be named by the new president.

As the transition moves forward, a major figure in the effort is already one of the pipeline's biggest champions. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), who easily defeated a Dakota Access opponent at the polls on Tuesday, is Trump's main energy adviser and he will play a role in setting the agenda when it comes to infrastructure projects. He's also expressed great interest in helping pick members of the incoming administration.



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