The Newtown Square company trying to complete a 1,172-mile pipeline that would crank open the flow of crude oil out of North Dakota and make it more affordable has seen its effort plugged by a political move from the Obama Administration, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report by Andrew Maykuth.
After granting a permit for Sunoco Logistics Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline to cross beneath the Missouri River, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is suddenly withholding an easement.
The roadblock “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,” a Sunoco Logistics statement read.
“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.”
If completed, the $3.8 billion Sunoco Logistics pipeline project would carry 470 barrels of crude oil per day from North Dakota to a Patoka, Ill., terminal.
President-Elect Donald Trump allegedly supports the pipeline.