CRAMER: Dakota Access Pipeline Conflict Deserves Peaceful Resolution that Honors Rights of Lawful Commerce
WASHINGTON,D.C. -- Congressman Kevin Cramer issued this statement on today’s action by the Obama Administration following the decision by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denying a request to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“It seems more than a little confusing that moments after a federal judge issued an order stating, among other things, that the Corps of Engineers and the pipeline company did everything the law requires of them and more, the Obama Administration decides to change the rules. If this was the intent all along, they should have said so before the events of the last several weeks. They could have spared a lot of heartache and cost. Their decision today does nothing to ensure certainty or calm, but rather adds further confusion. It is fundamentally unfair to change the rules after the game. It is incumbent upon all parties to move forward peacefully and expeditiously, within the law, to come to a resolution that honors the rights of lawful commerce.”