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The Trump Administration on Tuesday announced a “dynamic” process to review the environmental impacts of several major projects, including the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.8 billion project that would cross three states.
The announcement comes as Trump’s administration has been battling to win approval for the Dakota Pipeline project.
The State Department says the pipeline could pose a threat to water supplies, wildlife, the environment and public health.
The Department of Interior and the Department of the Interior are reviewing the pipeline’s environmental impact, according to a statement from the Trump Administration.
“While the Department is reviewing the impact of the Dakota pipeline, it is important to note that the review is taking place in a dynamic process and is not a predetermined process,” it reads.
“The Department of Justice will not be making final determinations at this time.”
The announcement came a day after the Trump Environmental Protection Agency released its “final rule” on the Dakota project, which is also known as the Dakota Gold Rush Pipeline.
The EPA’s preliminary review is the first step in an “initiative process,” which would then be followed by the “final regulatory rule.”
The Dakota Gold Route has sparked protests in North Dakota and has faced legal challenges from environmental groups.
The pipeline is expected to be built under Lake Oahe, a reservoir that is part of Lake Oassee in South Dakota.
President Donald Trump’s EPA and the State Department are expected to take a more hands-on approach to reviewing the Dakota’s environmental impacts, a move that is expected by some environmentalists as a win for President Trump.
The Dakota Pipeline, which would cross the Missouri River, is expected in 2020 to carry up to 570,000 barrels of oil a day through South Dakota and Iowa.
The project has drawn condemnation from environmental organizations who say it could damage the environment by threatening water supplies and wetlands.
Environmentalists say the pipeline would also endanger the environment from increased flooding and storms by flooding wetlands that would also affect streams and other water sources.
The agency’s final rule is expected sometime next year.