United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) Disappointed in Today’s Ruling Delaying Operation of Dakota Access Pipeline
Project previously completed after rigorous review, permitting process.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) issued the following statement today after a U.S. District Court Judge ruled that Energy Transfer Partners must shut down operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline while yet another environmental review is conducted:
“After a rigorous permit and review process, the UA was proud to build the Dakota Access Pipeline – the safest and most efficient mode of oil energy transport in the region,” said Mark McManus, General President of the UA. “This pipeline created thousands of good UA jobs and keeps energy costs low for the American consumer. Today’s ruling just creates more red tape after the project already completed an extensive environmental review. This decision is not only bad for workers, but it’s bad for the average American family who relies on efficient and affordable energy.”
“Today’s ruling is yet another example of an already-rigorous permitting process gone overboard,” said Dave Barnett, Director of Pipeline and Gas Distribution for the UA. “Before the UA even breaks ground on a pipeline, extensive environmental reviews are completed. The Dakota Access Pipeline process was no different. The UA is committed to bringing safe, reliable, and affordable energy to American families – even in the face of needless red tape.”