Dakota Access Pipeline Permits Approved
July 28, 2016
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the final permits necessary to construct the Dakota Access pipeline project in areas under their jurisdiction. Construction has already begun on other segments of the 1,172 mile project, which was approved by the four state regulatory bodies in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois earlier this year.
Members of the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now (MAIN)– a coalition of local businesses, labor unions, and agriculture, and other local economic development interests along the pipeline route – have long advocated for the project's timely approval given the significant economic, employment, and energy security benefits derived from the project. ABI was an early supporter of MAIN and the pipeline project. ABI President Mike Ralston was quoted in the release and said, “The Dakota Access Pipeline has already provided a multitude of benefits for manufacturers throughout the Midwest and will continue to do so long after construction is complete. By sourcing raw materials from American companies Dakota Access has created an enormous market for American suppliers. After construction is finished, the affordable resources delivered by the pipeline will help to further power America's industry. I'm very pleased to see these final permits approved."