The Army approved the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Tuesday, an action that moves forward the controversial project that thousands have protested against for months, the The New York Times reports.
Their reports state that Robert Speer, the acting secretary of the Army, recently announced the decision to Congress and said this is the “final step.” Reports also show that the project would be woven throughout four states while carrying crude oil from the rich shale oil basins of western North Dakota to the pipeline networks and refineries in the Midwest.
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Despite the efforts of former President Barack Obama to cease the construction, President Donald Trump recently signed executive actions to approve the pipeline, CNN reports. Following the recent announcement for advancement, many took to social media to share their disapproval.
Those in favor of the project state that it would lessen dependence on foreign oil while creating jobs and growing domestic industry, as reported by Business Insider.
However, those fighting against it say that it would pass through a sacred burial site and serves as a major source of drinking water, amongst several other downfalls.