BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A spokesman for a group supporting construction of an oil pipeline through the Midwest says the rule of law must be respected and the project should not retroactively be stopped.
The MAIN Coalition’s Craig Stevens says “it’s past time for the president to lift the hold on the Dakota Access Pipeline and issue the final, already approved easement.”
Groups opposing the $3.8 billion pipeline plan to hold more than 200 protest actions across the country Tuesday. They seek to draw the attention of President Barack Obama by rallying at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offices, federal buildings and offices of banks that have helped finance the project.
They want Obama to permanently stop the project which is to run beneath a lake that provides drinking water to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which says the pipeline threatens drinking water and cultural sites.
The groups, including the Indigenous Environmental Network, Honor the Earth and Greenpeace USA.