KRWG: Udall Statement On Trump Executive Orders Advancing Dakota Access, Keystone XL Pipelines

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after President Trump signed executive orders advancing the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines:

“By seeking to reverse President Obama’s decisions on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, President Trump is showing the American people that his administration values the profits of the few over the national interest, the environment, and the deep and legitimate concerns of Tribal communities.

“President Obama was right to hear the concerns of thousands of protestors, including many from Indian nations in New Mexico and throughout North America, about the Dakota Access Pipeline. He stopped construction on the proposed route and began an environmental review process that is now underway. While it seems like a foregone conclusion that President Trump will reject thoughtful environmental policies, as the vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, I am extremely worried about what President Trump’s abrupt reversal of these steps – at a time when parties are working to reduce tensions – forecasts for his administration’s approach to issues affecting Indian Country…” (cont.)