Federal agencies that have been hampering construction of Energy Transfer Partners‘ (ETP) $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline should instead “abide by the well-established process and the law,” and allow the project to progress, according to more than 20 organizations representing energy and chemical companies and workers. In a letter sent Thursday to Secretary of the United States Army Eric Fanning, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Attorney General of the United States Loretta Lynch, the groups expressed “deep concerns over recent actions that took place in North Dakota to effectively ignore the rule of law in an attempt to halt infrastructure development,” despite court rulings upholding federal approvals for the project (see Shale Daily, Oct. 20; Oct. 14; Oct. 10; Sept. 19). “When your agencies upend or modify the results of a full and fair regulatory process for an infrastructure project, these actions do not merely impact a single company. The industries that manufacture and develop the infrastructure, the labor that builds it, and the American consumers that depend on it all suffer,” according to the letter, which was signed by organizations including American Gas Association, American Petroleum Institute, Association of Oil Pipe Lines, Independent Petroleum Association of America, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, and Natural Gas Supply Association.
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