Trumpâ€™s action is legally questionable, anti-democratic, ethically suspect
Flags fly at the Sacred Stone Camp, Cannonball, North Dakota. Overpass Light Brigade / CC BY-NC 2.0
San Francisco, CA â€”(ENEWSPF)–January 24, 2017. The following is a statement from Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen in response to President Donald Trumpâ€™s Executive Order today on the controversial and much-criticized Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines:
â€œEarthjustice is honored to represent the StandingÂ Rock Sioux Tribe in court as it seeks to protect its peopleâ€™s sacred lands and water from theÂ Dakota Access pipeline. We are shocked and dismayed by todayâ€™s news because it puts water forÂ millions atÂ risk.
â€œFour days after taking the oath of office, and three days after millions across the country and world marched in protest of his administration, President Trump appears to be ignoring the law, public sentiment and ethical considerations with this executive order aimed at resurrecting the long-rejected Keystone XL pipeline and circumventing the ongoing environmental review process for the highly controversial Dakota Access pipeline.
â€œThis move is legally questionable, at best. And based on what we know about Trumpâ€™s financial dealings Â in the Dakota Access pipeline, it raises serious ethical concerns. In the case of the Dakota Access pipeline, Trumpâ€™s actions are an affront to the Tribe and its Treaty rights especially since once again the tribes were not consulted before this action was taken.
â€œHe should brace himself to contend with the laws he is flouting, and the millions of Americans who are opposed to these dangerous and destructive projects. We will see his administration in court.â€
Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect peopleâ€™s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.
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