Napolitano's Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Build Dakota Access Pipeline

Feb 7, 2017 Issues: Transportation, Water

(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) issued the following statement after receiving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Notice of Intent to Grant Easement for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline:

“This is a sad day for the Native American community and the environment. The Corps made a decision to stop this three months ago in order to conduct an Environmental Impact Study. Forced by the Trump administration, the Corps has now made a complete 180, suspending the study before completion. Ignoring science and sound research is a dangerous pattern we have seen early in this administration, and this latest example could mean disastrous consequences for the Standing Rock Sioux and our public health. Instead of catering to Big Oil, our priority must be to ensure the availability of clean and safe drinking water to the tribes and other downstream communities. Native Americans hold the original water rights in this country, and we must respect them and their sacred ground.”

Napolitano is the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, which has jurisdiction over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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