In the latest sign that President-elect Trump remains committed making the investments needed to improve the nation’s infrastructure, this week he signaled his support for the Dakota Access pipeline.
As we have previously noted, the NAM supports the $3.8 billion pipeline project, which is more than 90 percent completed and awaiting a final easement approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A final easement for the project has been withheld by the Obama Administration, delaying the project’s completion.
North Dakota Senator John Hoeven released a statement applauding the news. He said, in part, that “It is important to know that the new administration will work to help us grow and diversify our energy economy and build the energy infrastructure necessary to move it from where it is produced to where it is needed. The result will be more jobs, a more vibrant economy and affordable energy for the American people.”
The NAM is pleased that the new administration continues to provide early evidence they are behind energy development and construction of private-investment projects like the Dakota Access pipeline.
Americans rely on energy infrastructure to safely transport the energy that powers our lives daily. This includes to our homes, communities and businesses but also supports industries key like manufacturing. And while manufacturers have benefited greatly over the last few years from access to affordable energy, we need to further invest in infrastructure projects that will help us deliver quality goods to our customers.
In a letter sent shortly after the election to the President-elect, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons talked about the need to invest in infrastructure and applauded the administration’s commitment to it. Mr. Timmons wrote, in part, that we have “a tremendous opportunity before us to rebuild our infrastructure, spur economic growth and accelerate job creation as a result. I look forward to continuing to work closely with you, your transition team and your administration to put a serious, bold plan into action.”