FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2017
David Turnbull, david [at] priceofoil [dot] org
Oil Change International responds to DAPL easement
Today, the Army Corps of Engineers under the Trump administration announced their intention to suspend the environmental review process and grant the final easement needed to restart construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. In response, David Turnbull, Campaigns Director of Oil Change International released the following statement:
“Today Oil Change International stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the thousands of water protectors who have and will continue to resist the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Try as he might, Donald Trump will not be able to break the will of those standing up against this pipeline.
“This pipeline has been stopped before, and we will work together to stop it again. The brave resistance of the water protectors in North Dakota has sparked a nationwide movement that will stand united today and in the days ahead.
“The Trump Administration has chosen to put aside critical consultation with Native American tribes and environmental review of this pipeline. Had that consultation and review been completed, it would have clearly shown inadequate consultation and the pipeline threatens communities along the route, the water it crosses, and our collective climate.
“Already, banks are pulling out of the financing arrangements for the Dakota Access Pipeline, and they are wise to do so. We will continue our efforts to defund DAPL, and we’ll support efforts to resist the restart of construction of this pipeline.”
Notes to editors:
- Oil Change International analysis shows that the Dakota Access Pipeline would lock-in the emissions equivalent to 30 coal plants: https://priceofoil.org/2016/09/12/the-dakota-access-pipeline-will-lock-in-the-emissions-of-30-coal-plants/
- Oil Change International research also shows U.S. taxpayers and ratepayers are heavily subsidizing the primary owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline project, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars each year: https://priceofoil.org/content/uploads/2016/09/Dakota_Access_Pipeline_subsidies.pdf