John Hoeven

Senator says Army Corps has been told to approve Dakota pipeline easement

Senator says Army Corps has been told to approve Dakota pipeline easement

The acting secretary of the Army has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with an easement necessary to complete the Dakota Access pipeline, Republican North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said Tuesday.

Hoeven issued a statement late in the evening after, he said, acting Army Secretary Robert Speer informed him of the decision. Hoeven said he also spoke with Vice President Mike Pence.

A spokesman for the Army did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday night. Hoeven spokesman Don Canton said Speer's move means the easement "isn't quite issued yet, but they plan...

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