Sen. Tammy Duckworth says she won’t support the Dakota Access Pipeline
Duckworth, D-Ill., said Monday that she will not support the controversial Dakota Access pipeline that would bring oil from North Dakota to Illinois.
“I think we need to have a dialogue about the pipeline and its impact on our communities and on the environment,” Duckworth told reporters after meeting with her constituents at a town hall event.
The Illinois Democratic senator, who voted against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access project last year, also expressed concern that the pipeline would undermine a local lake.
“As a native and a native woman, I’m very concerned that this project is going to destroy the lake in my community, especially since it’s not located in the middle of nowhere,” Duckow said.
“This is an issue of sovereignty, it’s an issue about water and it’s a question of how can we respect our sacred water and protect it in a way that is not being done?”
The pipeline is being built near Lake Oahe in North Dakota, a lake that’s been the site of tribal resistance to the pipeline since its construction began in October.
A federal judge recently halted construction, but Duckworth’s office has said that she believes the pipeline could cause environmental harm.
The senator has also called for the US Army Corps of Engineers to review the project’s environmental impact.
The Army Corps has said it will continue to review environmental impacts from the project and has promised to update its environmental assessment once it has finished.