By Eric TuckerFox News Channel 11 – DALLAS, Texas — President Donald Trump’s executive order Thursday declaring a temporary halt on federal grants for the Dakota Access pipeline will put the nation’s economy and the environment at risk, a senior administration official said Friday.
The administration’s plan also would jeopardize the rights of millions of Americans to participate in public lands management and the protection of the nation, the official said.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the president’s plan to implement the order.
The White House has been trying to negotiate a deal to stop construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, which is opposed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has vowed to continue protesting the project.
The pipeline would carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois, where it would then be shipped to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
The move comes as the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Army Corps of Engineers are drafting a final decision on whether to allow construction on the $1.8 trillion project.
Under the executive order, the Interior Department is directing the corps to stop awarding contracts to companies that would undertake construction on public lands.
The administration is also instructing the corps not to award contracts to developers for projects on public land.
The order also instructs the department to stop all grant and loan programs that support such projects.
In a statement, the Standing Stones said it supports the Trump administration’s effort to halt the construction of this pipeline, which it says would “harm tribal rights, threaten the water supply of millions, and threaten to contaminate the drinking water supply and air and water resources of our communities.”
The Standing Stones strongly oppose this pipeline project and stand united with the Standing Sioux Tribe in opposing it.
We are calling on the Trump Administration to end its unlawful and dangerous policy that threatens the water resources and water supplies of millions and threatens the life and well-being of millions,” the statement said.