WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Kevin Cramer said Friday he thinks the Trump administration will act swiftly to resume and complete construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
On a fargo radio show Friday morning, Creamer said he expects the Environmental Impact Study, granted earlier this week under the Obama administration, will be rescinded, possibly as soon as Monday.
He said that the easement to drill under Lake Oahe would be ordered and issued next week, and that construction to finish the line would begin soon.
Cramer's full quote:
“With the Dakota Access Pipeline, I would expect by next week that the EIS will be rescinded. The EIS that was issued a day or two ago by the Obama administration will be rescinded, and evidently we have that authority – he [Trump] has that authority – to rescind it, because that’s what the government itself argued in the case on Wednesday before the court as a reason why he [the judge] didn’t need to issue the temporary restraining order. Because the next administration could rescind it at any time. And I expect it [the EIS] will be rescinded quickly, that the easement [to drill under Lake Oahe] will be ordered and issued, you know, maybe as early as Monday. And I would expect that Dakota Access could begin finishing that line within a week. That’s my hope, and that’s my expectation."