Trump Dakota Access Pipeline Executive Order: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Native Americans march to a burial ground sacred site that was disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), near the encampment where hundreds of people have gathered to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's protest of the oil pipeline that is slated to cross the Missouri River nearby, September 4, 2016 near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Protestors were attacked by dogs and sprayed with an eye and respiratory irritant yesterday when they arrived at the site to protest after learning of the bulldozing work. / AFP / Robyn BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Native Americans march to a burial ground sacred site that was disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). (Getty)

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to advance the embattled Dakota Access Pipeline, prompting the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to accuse the president of disregarding treaty rights.

The action can’t be overturned by Congress, although the tribe is planning legal action, and camp leaders called for “mass civil disobedience” in response. Trump’s orders are sparking intense reaction on social media. Al-Jazeera and AP reported that Trump also used executive order to advance the Keystone XL pipeline.

trump dapl, trump dakota access pipeline, trump executive order

Trump signed executive orders January 24, 2017 reviving the construction of two controversial oil pipelines, but said the projects would be subject to renegotiation. (Getty)

The new Trump administration was not expected to be favorable to the No DAPL movement because of his business background, his choice of Rick Perry as energy secretary, and his previous investments in the company creating the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Obama administration had made some moves regarded as partial victories by pipeline opponents, who call themselves Water Protectors.

The Dakota Access Pipeline, a four-state multi-billion dollar oil pipeline has sparked months of intense clashes between Native American protesters and their allies in North Dakota. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe says the pipeline will harm water supplies and destroy cultural heritage sites; the pipeline’s supporters say it will create jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

A lawyer for the Standing Rock tribe said Trump’s DAPL order was done “hastily and irresponsibly.” The Sierra Club’s executive director told The New York Times: “Donald Trump has been in office for four days and he’s already proving to be the dangerous threat to our climate we feared he would be.”

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The Executive Orders Allow Both Pipelines to Go Forward

dakota access pipeline protest

Boys enjoy a later afternoon horseback ride at an encampment where hundreds of people had gathered to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipe (DAPL), near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on September 3, 2016. (Getty)

According to NBC News, the executive orders the new president signed “will make it easier for TransCanada to construct the Keystone XL pipeline and for Energy Transfer Partners to build the final uncompleted portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Reuters reported that Trump’s actions will “accelerate” both pipeline projects. On DAPL, Trump said, according to Reuters, that the pipeline “will be subject to terms and conditions negotiated by us” and would put steelworkers back to work. He was adamant that pipelines should be built in the United States, reported Reuters.

“We’ll see if we can get that pipeline built,” Trump said as he signed the order, according to the Daily Beast.

Trump indicated that both pipelines could be renegotiated; “Another action signed Tuesday calls for U.S. steel to be used if the pipelines are built,” reported The Huffington Post.

trump dapl

(Getty)

On January 23, reported Reuters, Trump “met with leaders of labor unions, including the Building and Construction trades group and the Laborers International Union of North America, who have been vocal supporters of both pipeline projects.”

Trump has also signed executive orders to limit provisions of Obamacare and ban international groups that perform or lobby on abortion from getting federal funding.

Executive orders allow presidents to bypass Congress; they have the force of law. Of any president, FDR signed by far the most executive orders. One of those required the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.


2. Trump Had Investments in the Company Creating the Pipeline

dakota access pipeline

Protestors ride back to the public road at the end of their demonstration against work being done for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) oil pipeline, near Cannonball, North Dakota, September 3, 2016. (Getty)

Donald Trump, as a businessman, had investments in Energy Transfer Partners, the Texas company building the pipeline.

According to CNBC, in December, he sold his entire stake in the company as ownership in it could be perceived as a conflict of interest.

CNBC reported that Energy Transfer Partners’ owner, Kelcy Warren, “gave $100,000 to Trump’s joint fundraising effort with the Republican Party.”

According to The Washington Post, in 2015, Trump’s share in the company was “between $500,000 and $1 million.”

Trump also owned “between $100,000 and $250,000 in Phillips 66, which has a one-quarter share of Dakota Access,” CBS News reported.

In another bad sign for the pipeline’s opponents, Trump chose former Texas Governor Rick Perry as his energy secretary. Perry sat on the board of Energy Transfer Partners.


3. The Standing Rock Tribe Will Go to Court Seeking to Invalidate the Executive Order & Camp Leaders Want ‘Mass Civil Disobedience’

(Getty)

(Getty)

According to Reuters, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe will take legal action against the executive order. Before Trump’s action, the tribe had passed a resolution calling for a cessation of the protest camps, saying they were straining the tribe’s resources and the tribe wanted to use the legal system to advance its cause.

In a statement, the tribe accused Trump of disregarding treaty rights and violating the law through his executive order on DAPL.

CNBC reported that Congress can not overturn an executive order, and the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld all but two in U.S. history.

Protest camp leaders released a statement calling for mass civil disobedience, saying, “the heart of Standing Rock beats everywhere.” They also called on people to divest from any banks helping fund the pipeline.

In a Monday January 23 press conference, Trump’s spokesman, Sean Spicer, had strongly hinted that an executive order on DAPL was looming.

“I’m not going to get in front of the President’s executive actions,” said Spicer. “But I will tell you that areas like the Dakota and Keystone pipeline are areas that we can increase jobs, increase economic growth, and tap into America’s energy supply. That’s something that he’s been very clear about.”

Spicer brought up the pipeline controversy on January 24, framing Trump’s actions as being about job creation.


4. People Protested DAPL During Trump’s Inauguration Week & Months of Protests Have Led to Dramatic Clashes

dapl signs, trump protest signs, trump protests, inauguration protests

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest outside of the Hotel Monaco in Washington, DC on January 19, 2017. (Getty)

Major Donald Trump protests erupted in Washington D.C. before, during, and after Trump’s inauguration. Among the protesters were many people carrying signs protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

dapl protest signs

Marchers hold signs during the Women’s March on January 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Downtown Los Angeles for the Women’s March in protest after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Women’s Marches are being held in cities around the world. (Getty)

DAPL protest signs also showed up at many of the women’s marches held the day after Trump’s inauguration.

Upset DAPL opponents took to Twitter on January 24 to urge continued protest and criticize Trump.

The months of protests at Standing Rock have provoked dramatic scenes, including pictures of security guards for the oil company using snarling dogs against Water Protectors.


5. President Obama Had Tried to Halt Both Projects to Differing Degrees

Native American riders attend a ceremony celebrating the victory at Standing Rock. (Getty)

Native American riders attend a ceremony celebrating the victory at Standing Rock. (Getty)

According to Al-Jazeera, “Former President Barack Obama rejected Transcanada Corp’s Keystone XL oil pipeline in November 2015 after environmentalists campaigned against the project for more than seven years.”

The Keystone company would need to reapply.

As for DAPL, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had, in December, declined to “grant the final permit needed for the Dakota Access Pipeline to be completed. Instead, officials said, an environmental impact review will be conducted,” reported Alternet.

The Keystone pipeline would “run from Canada to U.S. refineries in the Gulf Coast. The U.S. government needed to approve the pipeline because it crossed the border,” reported the Chicago Tribune.

DAPL would run from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois.

59 Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

59 Comments

Anonymous

Hey Jessica, how much of a return on his investment would Trump need to compensate for the loss in his Presidential salary? Yeah, I thought so. Reason #2 that you listed has nothing to do with the issue. Try to be more politically objective in your next article.

Anonymous

Hey anonasshole if he is not hiding anything then what is the big deal to show his tax return…Try to be nicer on your next comment and stick to the facts not your bad attitude

Anonymous

Stick to the point. Trump has given up $1.6 million in Presidential salary. His investment in the companies that are building the pipelines is open to the public, and the return from it would be too small to compensate his loss from the salary he’s given up!

Anonymous

Trump voluntarily gave up his presidential salary. And he has already reimbursed himself with several trips to his “second white house” costing the US taxpayers $10 million dollars since his inauguration. In four weeks, he has cost us as much as Obama did in a year. And I no love for Obama.

TLL

“…the pipeline’s opponents say it will create jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil.”

That should be “PROponents.” The opponents are the thousands and thousands of people who just spent months protesting the stupid thing and trying to save their only water supply.

Anonymous

NOT THEIR ONLY WATER SUPPLY IN FACT THEIR INTAKE JUST MOVED 70 MILES FURTHER AWAY AND YOU DO REALIZE THIS PIPELINE DOES NOT CROSS ANY!!!!! RESERVATION LAND SO THEY HAVE NO BUSINESS COMPLAINING ABOUT THAT AND OUR ANCESTORS BURIAL SITES ARE SCATTERED ALL OVER TOO WHEN THE WESTWARD EXPANSION OCCURED BY WAGON TRAIN WHERE DO YOU THINK THE PEOPLE THAT DIED WERE BURIED ??? SO I SHOULD BE OUT PROTESTING FOR ALL THE LAND BY WAGON TRAILS TO BECOME CEMETARIES & SACRED DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY COMMON SENSE ??? OVER MANY YEARS NATIVE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GIVEN FREE HOUSING FREE FOOD FREE EDUCATION & WHERE ARE THEY????? THEY ARE NOT !!!! FORCED TO STAY ON RESERVATIONS THEY HAVE A HUGE!!! CHIP ON THEIR SHOULDERS OMG THEY LOST!!!! THE WAR THEY SHOULD HAVE ASSIMULATED INTO SOCIETY & NO IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN EASY AT FIRST BUT THEIR CHILDRED AND GRANDCHILDREN MIGHT BE BETTER OFF IF THEY HAD I CAN HEAR THE NEXT WHINNING OUR BELIEFS/RELIGION WOULD BE TAKEN AWAY NOT HAPPENING IF THEY WENT OUT INTO SOCIETY THERE IS THIS THING CALLED FREEDOM OF RELIGION DOES ANYBODY NOTICE WHEN THEY ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT SOMETHING IS WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM!!! THEY LOST THE WAR!!! AND IT WAS WAR WITH UGLY THINGS HAPPENING ON BOTH SIDES GET OVER IT YOU SHOULDNT LIVE IN THE PAST IT DOESNT ADVANCE YOUR PEOPLE THINK OF YOUR CHILDREN & GRAND CHILDREN PASS YOUR CULTURE & BELIEFS TO THEM NOT THIS WHINNING ABOUT HOW UNFAIRLY YOU WERE TREATED 150 YEARS AGO THAT HELPS!! NOT!!! PS: THAT COMMON SENSE THING DID ANY OF YOU SYMPATHIZERS STOP TO THINK HOW THESE PEOPLE CAN CAMP OUT FOR 5 MONTHS YA KNOW $ JOBS ETC????

Anonymous

The Missouri River is a water supply to over a million people….And your an asshole

Anonymous

It is also so polluted already with agrichemicals that when canoing the Upper Missouri River you are required to caryy enough water for your trip because filters do not clean out the chemicals.

Anonymous

Oh so by all means, let’s continue dumping more and more disgusting shit into the water people drink out of.

Anonymous

stupid/liberal/progressive,
There are already pipelines there, as there are throughout that state…and the country.
You liberal/progressives are little more than clowns in a kiddie cult.

Anonymous

Very classy. So yeah, let’s just keep pouring more and more disgusting sludge into the water, that’s a real step forward. Not only is the oil killing the planet, but it is eventually going to run out. Then people like you will be wishing we put the money for these pipelines into renewable energy.

Anonymous

And yes YOU SHOULD THINK OF YOUR CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN AND CARE WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL HAVE CLEAN WATER TO DRINK, CLEAN AIR TO BREATHE, AND CLEAN SOIL THAT THEIR FOOD GROWS IN….BUT HEY GIVE ME NOW I WANT I NEED, WHO CARES ABOUT THE FUTURE YOU WONT BE HERE TO DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR ACTIONS NOW SO WHO GIVES A SHIT ABOUT THE FUTURE GENERATIONS…

ANONYMOUS

TOTAL ASSHOLE. YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHAT OUR PEOPLE WENT THROUGH 150+ YEARS AGO AND STILL GOING THROUGH THIS DAY AND AGE.

JJ

You are a conscience-absent, person-less excuse for a human being. You are a white supremacist. You disgust me.
They lost the ‘war’? It was genocide, jerk. Look what kind of sorry ‘winner’, you are. You should find Jesus….he could put some sense into you.

Jessica

You are disgusting! There was no war, only a genocide! People like you are the reason this nation is at war with itself!

STG

Are you ranting , name-calling and displaying a lack empathy, historical understanding and compassion? There will never be intelligent discussion or exchange of ideas until all of us engage in respectful, civil discourse. I challenge you and the other people who posted to comment again using respectful arguments. Show each other the dignity and respect you would if you were speaking face-to- face in a public place or gathering (e.g., church, hospital)

Anonymous

You do realize that the people of Bismark got that pipeline moved with just one letter and for the same reason that they were afraid it would contaminate the water supply.
One letter vs this.
This, what they’re doing, forging ahead, is a disgrace. No care or concern for these people with THE EXACT SAME COMPLAINTS.

Also, your argument: They lost the war, they should assimilate?? Good grief, what kind of conquering warlord do you model your outlook on?
You ever hear of a thing called culture? It’s amazing.

… How can people camp out for 5 months?? I’m sure it’s hard, and it’s a daily struggle, but you do those things when you’re fighting for your future.

Anonymous

U r an idiot sir. U know nothing. Educate yourself. Natives didnt get anything free. They dont receive money from the govt. Everything they have is profit off the their reservation land they own. Most likely casinos, but these casinos dont usually get a lot of revenue as you think they do. What r your sources?….”fake news”.

Anonymous

YOU SCRATCH MY BACK, ILL SCRATCH YOURS! BUSINESS AS USUAL, MAKING AMERICA GREATER FOR THE ALREADY UNDERTAXED ENERGY COMPANIES! Although he has sold his stake, Trump has been the recipient of generous political contributions from Energy Transfer chief executive Kelcy Warren. this year has made $1.53 million in campaign contributions to super PACs and $252,300 to individual campaigns and the GOP, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In June 2015, he gave $5 million to Opportunity and Freedom PAC, which supported Rick Perry’s presidential campaign. The Trump Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee that includes Trump’s campaign, the Republican National Committee and some state parties, received a $100,000 contribution from Warren on June 29. ://www.opensecrets.org/overview/topindivs.php?view=hi

Gerry

Wow, this person is wrong on so many levels. Claiming sacred burial sites from chuck wagons from many different peoples who just happened to cross a stretch of land?
Claiming the Indians get free things? Really? Looks at all the subsidies Corporations get? Do you really think this pipeline is about jobs? No it is not. Its about taking them away.
Millions, possibly Billion of dollars that would go to truckers etc., will be lost so they can transport this over the long run. Also, they lost? Lost what? Check your history. The
United States actually fought people who thought they were allied with the US army. The army routed and killed villages with women and children after these groups signed
agreements with them. It was not a war. It was treason. The world over knows this and only ignorant white americans think it was actually a war that was “won”.

This guys ignorant on epic levels.

Anonymous

Please get a hold of the White House.
The order was made on the condition of review !!!!!!!!!!!!

spirit

Well said! As for “their sacred” land…GOD created ALL land! I am so sick and tired of hearing these strange cults whine, complain and protest about everything they can think of! Our economy is terrible and to get away from high cost, low quality things from other countries we MUST depend on each other! As far as all this nonsense of protesting out of fear, anger and the need to justify your bitterness, I am, and always have been a caucasion and dirt poor citizen of the United States of America who is all for what makes our country better. GOD decides who and what lands will be blessed or cursed. Pride goeth before a fall. Jeremiah 49:16
“As for the terror of you, The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, O you who live in the clefts of the rock, Who occupy the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as an eagle’s, I will bring you down from there,” declares the LORD.

Jaroslaw

Spirit – the Indians (native Americans) are not a strange cult. They were here before the oil companies. As to your “dirt poor” comment – I suppose you could have learned to type and navigate the internet on a computer at the library, but I suspect you’re not quite “dirt poor.” That is extremely extremely poor in which case you wouldn’t have time to be entering nonsense on a blog, you would be spending all day looking for food.

Discuss on Facebook