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 in all four states where the pipeline will operate, which includes the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Illinois Commerce Commission, North Dakota Public Service Commission, the Iowa Utilities Board, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
At every point in the process, interested groups, including the Standing Rock Sioux, were invited to participate. According to Jack Dalrymple, North Dakota Governor during the approval process, “not one person from the tribe attended any of the meetings and hearings publicly noticed by state regulators over the course of two years.”
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