Press Release: Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners Respond to the Statement from the Department of the Army

Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners Respond to the Statement from the Department of the Army

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL) announced that the Administration’s statement today that it would not at this time issue an “easement” to Dakota Access Pipeline is a purely political action – which the Administration concedes when it states it has made a “policy decision” – Washington code for a political decision. This is nothing new from this Administration, since over the last four months the Administration has demonstrated by its action and inaction that it intended to delay a decision in this matter until President Obama is out of office. 

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. The Corps’ review process and its decisions have been ratified by two federal courts. The Army Corps confirmed this again today when it stated its “policy decision” does “not alter the Army’s position that the Corps’ prior reviews and actions have comported with legal requirements.”

In spite of consistently stating at every turn that the permit for the crossing of the Missouri River at Lake Oahe granted in July 2016, comported with all legal requirements, including the use of an environmental assessment, rather than an environmental impact statement, the Army Corps now seeks to engage in additional review and analysis of alternative locations for the pipeline.

The White House’s directive today to the Corps for further delay is just the latest in a series of overt and transparent political actions by an administration which has abandoned the rule of law in favor of currying favor with a narrow and extreme political constituency.

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.

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2 Replies to “Press Release: Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners Respond to the Statement from the Department of the Army”

  1. duggersd

    So this is just a delay until January? It seems like everything coming out of the Administration is petty stuff to make life more miserable for Americans.

  2. Anonymous

    Obama’s legacy will be that of a small, petty man who was not up to the job and who did more to harm the country than any president in modern history (Sorry, Jimmy C., you’re in second place now).

    Obama never had the strength to make hard decisions that, while right, would have upset his socialist base.