BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump didn’t miss a chance during a visit to a North Dakota oil refinery to remind supporters of his aid for the Dakota Access pipeline.
Trump pushed through final federal approval of the $3.8 billion project to move North Dakota oil to Illinois shortly after taking office. The project had been stalled due to a lawsuit and protests by American Indian tribes and environmental groups.
Trump during his speech noted the opposition but also said opponents “didn’t know” why they were against the project.
Opponents worry about the pipeline’s impact on the environment and cultural sites. Greenpeace issued a statement before Trump’s speech saying the pipeline battle “was and is about indigenous sovereignty and the protection of Native land and water supply.”
Trump said pushing through the pipeline’s completion was “the right thing to do.”