The Dakota Access Pipeline was approved by regulatory agencies in all four states where the pipeline will operate and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. All told, more than 1,000 certificates, permits and approvals were granted for the pipeline – that’s about one permit or approval for every mile of pipeline.
DAPL was carefully reviewed and approved by environmental and regulatory agencies that include the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Illinois Commerce Commission, North Dakota Public Service Commission, Iowa Utilities Board, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
In fact, in one instance, a Native American tribe reviewed the state-of-the-art pipeline plans and determined that it was safe and not a threat. The tribe considered the views of its landowners and approved an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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