Dakota Access developer won’t consider oil pipeline reroute
The head of the company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline said Friday that it won’t be rerouted but that he’d like to meet with the head of an American Indian tribe to try to ease the tribe’s concerns about the project.
Kelcy Warren, the CEO of Dallasbased Energy Transfer Partners, said the company has no alternative than to stick to its plan for the $3.8 billion pipeline, which would ship oil from North Dakota to Illinois and which is nearly completed.
“There’s not another way. We’re building at that location,” Warren said.
He said he would welcome the chance to meet with Dave Archambault, the the Standing Rock Sioux chairman, to address the tribe’s concerns that the pipeline near its reservation would endanger drinking water.
Archambault was with celebrity sympathizers who toured the tribe’s protest encampment Friday, including the actors Shailene Woodley and Ezra Miller.