In line with the new administration’s revision of the “America First Energy Plan”, sources say Trump will sign executive orders to revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. The Obama administration halted this energy advancement via rejecting a key permit in November 2015.
Trump has had support from labor unions, and this action will continue the positive relationship. Environmental activists, and members of the ND Souix City Tribe (among other Tribes), will undoubtedly protest this latest development. Interestingly, the pipeline does not traverse through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation where protests have been held in the past; i.e., the Dakota Access pipeline is not on Indian Tribal land. The land where the pipeline will traverse is owned by the pipeline company, several miles north.
This latest executive order to approve the permit follows others from President Trump, such as the withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and instating a hiring freeze for the majority of the federal government.