The Obama administration is planning to give the final approval needed for the Dakota Access oil pipeline as soon as Monday, Politico reports.
The approval would be a major defeat to environmentalists, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its American Indian allies, just days after Republican Donald Trump’s election to be the next president.
Opponents of the $3.7 billion pipeline say it would destroy sites that are sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux and threaten its water supply, and that further build-outs of fossil fuel infrastructure threaten to exacerbate climate change.
Politico reported Friday that the Army Corps of Engineers is planning as soon as Monday to give the greenlight to an easement for developer Energy Transfer Partners to build the pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, citing two sources familiar with the decision.
The Army Corps declined to comment on a potential approval. A spokesman for the agency said it will announce something “in the next few days” about the next steps for Dakota Access.