North Dakota lawmakers say the Trump administration is removing a major obstacle for the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline through their state, a move that will likely reopen major protests over the pipeline.In a statement on Tuesday, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said the acting Secretary of the Army told him he has directed the Corps of Engineers to grant the easement needed to finish building the pipeline. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) also confirmed the news in a statement. watch more….
Hoeven said he’s also working to enlist federal law enforcement forces to back up state and local officials–who shot peaceful protesters near Standing Rock with rubber bullets and used tear gas–in policing the construction site.“While this news is disappointing, it is unfortunately not surprising,” the Facebook post read. “We stand ready to fight this battle against corporate interest superseding government procedure and the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans.”