Dakota Access Company Won't Reroute, Even Though It Already Did
The company behind the hotly contested Dakota Access pipeline is not backing down despite historic uprising against the project, maintaining that the pipeline will not be rerouted away from the heart of resistance near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation — even though it’s planned path has already been changed once.
Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren told the Associated Press in an interview published Friday that the pipeline’s route is not up for negotiation. President Barack Obama said earlier this month that a possible reroute was under consideration.
The pipeline project has faced months of resistance led by Indigenous groups, forcing a delay in the project as federal regulators undertake further review before giving the green light to the completion of the project. If approved, the pipeline is set to tunnel under Lake Oahe, which has been at the heart of opposition to the project as an important water source in the area.