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President Barack Obama points to members of the audience while speaking at Capital University Field House in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. Obama is kicking off a week of campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with a stop in battleground Ohio. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Obama said the Dakota Access Pipeline may be re-routed


In an interview with NowThis News, President Obama commented on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

And I think that right now the Army Corps [of Engineers] is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline.
President Obama

He said the Army Corps of Engineers was considering ways to alter the pipeline's route in light of weeks of protests by environmentalists and Native Americans.

'Let it play out'

However, if the pipe is re-routed, it might take a while.

"We're going to let it play out for several more weeks and determine whether or not this can be resolved in a way that I think is properly attentive to the traditions of First Americans," Obama said.

The president must submit Dakota Access to the same climate test as Keystone XL, a test it will surely fail.
Jamie Henn, 350.org

However, some environmentalists have argued Obama should not re-route the pipeline but cancel its construction altogether, The Washington Post reports. Obama blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline last year. 

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