Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. have issued a statement claiming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision to not at this time issue an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline is a purely political action.
“For more than three years now, Dakota Access Pipeline has done nothing but play by the rules. The Army Corps of Engineers agrees, and has said so publicly and in federal court filings. The Corps’ review process and its decisions have been ratified by two federal courts. The Army Corps confirmed this again today when it stated its “policy decision” does “not alter the Army’s position that the Corps’ prior reviews and actions have comported with legal requirements. In spite of consistently stating at every turn that the permit for the crossing of the Missouri River at Lake Oahe granted in July 2016, comported with all legal requirements, including the use of an environmental assessment, rather than an environmental impact statement, the Army Corps now seeks to engage in additional review and analysis of alternative locations for the pipeline. The White House’s directive today to the Corps for further delay is just the latest in a series of overt and transparent political actions by an administration which has abandoned the rule of law in favor of currying favor with a narrow and extreme political constituency.”
In the statement, both companies also said they remain fully committed to ensuring that the Dakota Access Pipeline Project is completed and expect expect to do so without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe.