WASHINGTON (AP) - President Trump has taken executive action to advance construction of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines.
The president told reporters in the Oval Office that the construction of the pipelines will be subject to terms and conditions being renegotiated by the U.S.
The Army decided last year to explore alternate routes for the Dakota Access pipeline under pressure from the Obama administration after Standing Rock Sioux tribal members and thousands of out-of-state protesters claimed the pipeline threatened the reservation's water supply and Native American cultural sites. The pipeline is to carry crude oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.
Former President Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in late 2015, claiming it would undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal. The 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 U.S./Canada border.