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Trump orders revival of controversial Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines

25 Jan 2017 | Written by Abheet Sethi; Edited by Shiladitya

President Donald Trump has signed executive orders allowing the construction of Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines.

The orders were sharply criticized by climate change activists and Native Americans.

Both projects had been blocked by Trump's predecessor Barack Obama.

The White House said Trump's orders would create "tens of thousands of new jobs" and that both projects would be renegotiated.

In context: Keystone Pipeline - the controversy, protest and development

The protestControversy surrounding Dakota Pipeline

The new Dakota Access oil pipeline is a $3.7 billion project which is capable of transporting up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

However, the Sioux Indians claim that the pipeline will desecrate their sacred ancestral burial ground, traverse over archaeological sites and contaminate their water source.

Environmental activists are also opposed to it as it will increase fossil fuel emissions.

25 Jan 2017Trump orders revival of controversial Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines

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