In a statement following the United States Army Corps of Engineers announcement that it would not allow an easement for the companies to build under Lake Oahe, the companies building the pipeline (Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Energy) publicly announced they would follow through with their plans regardless. The public statement came within hours of the Army Corps’s announcement on December 4th.
“As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.”
The company’s public release includes strong wording that suggests the Army Corps Of Engineers is in full compliance of the project even though they just recently denied an easement to them. “For more than three years now, Dakota Access Pipeline has done nothing but play by the rules. The Army Corps of Engineers agrees, and has said so publicly and in federal court filings.”
Kandi Mossett of the Indigenous Environmental Network believes the companies only publish statements like that when they get cornered, get scared or need to reassure their investors. “This is all my personal opinion, the reason Energy Transfer Partners put out that statement is because they’re up against the ropes and they’re scared” Kandi said in a recent livestream.