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CRAMER: Corps’ Decision Denying Pipeline Permit Sends Chilling Signal for Infrastructure Development

Dec 4, 2016
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued this statement following today’s announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers it is denying the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to complete the construction of the pipeline under Lake Oahe:


“I hoped even a lawless president wouldn’t continue to ignore the rule of law. However, it was becoming increasingly clear he was punting this issue down the road.  Today’s unfortunate decision sends a very chilling signal to others who want to build infrastructure in this country. Roads, bridges, transmission lines, pipelines, wind farms and water lines will be very difficult, if not impossible, to build when criminal behavior is rewarded this way. In my conversation with Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy today, she was unable to give any legal reasons for the decision and could not answer any questions about rerouting the pipeline. I’m encouraged we will restore law and order next month when we get a President who will not thumb his nose at the rule of law. I feel badly for the Corps of Engineers because of the diligent work it did on this project, only to have their Commander-in-Chief throw them under the bus. But he’s been doing that to the military for eight years, so why not one more time on his way out the door.”