New leader of key House panel defends handling of Dakota Access Pipeline


February 16, 2017

Don't look to the new leader of the legislative committee in charge of Indian issues for any upcoming hearings on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-California), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs, is toeing the Republican party line when it comes to the controversial project. While he said some of the "facts" might be in dispute, he defended the federal government's role in the permitting process for the crude oil pipeline.


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