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ND delegation speaks out against DAPL shutdown

North Dakota’s congressional delegation supports an appeal of a court’s decision to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline while additional environmental review is conducted.

“The Dakota Access Pipeline is vital energy infrastructure for North Dakota and our nation,” said Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND. “The pipeline is equipped with the latest safeguards and technology, and after undergoing years of thorough state regulatory reviews and an extensive federal environmental assessment, it has been operating safely since 2017. Today’s district court ruling comes at a very difficult time because it will severely impact our state’s economy at the same time we are working to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We anticipate the company will appeal the decision to the Circuit Court which should allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue to operate while the Army Corps of Engineers works to finalize its environmental impact statement.”

“Shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline would have devastating consequences to North Dakota and to America’s energy security. This terrible ruling should be promptly appealed,” said Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND.

Congressman Kelly Amstrong, R-ND, called the court’s decision “irresponsible and wrong-headed.”

“It ignores all prior precedent and is a win for radical environmentalists,” he said. “The decision will be devastating to North Dakota’s economy, energy industry and the nation’s national and energy security.”

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