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CRAMER: Experience from Dakota Access Pipeline Consultation Process Can Provide Insight for Future Infrastructure Projects

Feb 15, 2017
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Feb. 15, 2017

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  WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Kevin Cramer questioned witnesses on the consultation process during the permitting of the  Dakota Access Pipeline  in an Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee hearing today. Cramer sits on this subcommittee.

The hearing examined opportunities to create jobs, grow the economy, strengthen the workforce, and improve energy security through energy infrastructure projects. It also considered solutions to bring greater transparency, accountability, and predictability to the energy infrastructure permitting process.

Joining industry and union leaders were witnesses Chad Harrison, councilman at-large for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Joey Mahmoud, project director for the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Also participating in the panel were Terry O’Sullivan, General President of the Laborer’s International Union of North America; Rex Ferry owner and CEO of VEC, Inc., on behalf of the National Electric Contractors Association, and Kim Kann, a citizen speaking on the effects of eminent domain on family farms.

Cramer joined other committee members seeking clarification from Harrison and Mahmoud on issues related to the consultation process between the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access Pipeline developers during the permitting process for the project. The tribe’s opposition to the pipeline led to protests at the construction site in Morton County that halted work for several months.  Construction resumed last week on the $3.7 billion private project that will deliver as many as 570,000 barrels of oil a day from northwestern North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to connect to existing pipelines in Illinois.

“We can’t litigate history through this one project, but we can look at how we can do better going forward,“ Cramer said.


Click here to view the entire hearing.