Dear President Obama,
For nearly two years, skilled workers have stood ready to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline – a state-of-the-art crude oil line that will connect the rapidly developing Bakken region to market. This project meets or exceeds all local, state, and federal regulations and is being built by nearly 8,000 of America’s skilled craft trade union members with decades of cumulative training and experience.
Four states and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the project on its safety, engineering, and environmental merits. With these necessary approvals in hand, construction began earlier this year.
The time for regulatory review and legal challenge to this project has come to an end. The Dakota Access Pipeline is lawfully approved, nearly 60 percent complete, and should move forward across all portions of the project – including those under jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
We urge your administration to stand by American workers. If large scale infrastructure projects our country desperately needs are halted after they are fully permitted, what American company would want to continue to invest in our future? Where will the good, family sustaining jobs our workers depend on come from if illegal protests can stop every project?
Don’t reward criminal behavior. Stand behind the men and women building this project and follow the regulatory process that helps build America.