Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Dakota Access Pipeline

I share the concerns of many of my fellow Vermonters for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Lakota Nation and their supporters who oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Marcelle and I also are troubled by the recent news reports of how they are being treated by some government officials and law enforcement agents.  I firmly believe that the construction of this pipeline should be suspended indefinitely pending approval by the Standing Rock Tribal Leaders. 

We must also pay serious consideration to the long term environmental impacts of this pipeline.  Climate change is real, and as such we should take this pipeline’s potential to significantly contribute to global climate change very seriously.

In October, I joined Senator Bernie Sanders in sending a letter to President Obama raising these concerns.  You can read that letter here.

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