Las Cruces Sun-News: Begaye voices concerns over Trump’s pipeline orders

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has voiced opposition to President Donald Trump’s actions today to expedite approvals for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

Environmental groups and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have heavily protested against the Dakota Access project. Demonstrators, who use the term “water protectors,” remain at the site near the Cannonball River in North Dakota and continue to clash with law enforcement. The tribe, whose traditional land is in the pipeline’s pathway, has stated the project threatens their drinking water source and would destroy sacred sites.

President Begaye expressed concern about the potential for an oil spill and the impact that would have on water for humans, animals and agriculture.