Dakota Access CEO cheered by Trump victory
Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners—the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline—says he is "100%" confident that Donald Trump will help the project get finished. The pipeline, connecting North Dakota's Bakken fields to a hub in Illinois, is 84% complete. But some 1,000 feet are being held up by the Obama administration in the face of unprecedented Native American protests. CBS reported the following exchange with Warren:
"We will get this easement and we will complete our project," Warren said in an interview you’ll see only on "CBS This Morning."
President-elect Trump has minor holdings in Warren's company, and Warren donated $103,000 to Trump's campaign.
"Have you spoken to Donald Trump about the pipeline?" Albert asked.
"I've never met the man," Warren said.
"You've never met him but he's invested in you and you're invested in him," Albert said.
Warren laughed, saying, "Well, I wish him well."
The Guardian also notes that Trump has holdings in Energy Transfer Partners. In his first 100 days, Trump has pledged to remove every impediment to the pipeline. He also owns stock in Facebook, whose CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted after the election that he is "feeling hopeful."
So don't expect to be able to complain about Dakota Access on Facebook, if Trump is allowed to take office.