Obama: Army Corps Considering ‘Rerouting’ Dakota Access Pipeline

President Obama on Tuesday provided a glimmer of hope to protesters unhappy with the Dakota Access oil pipeline’s proposed path. After violent clashes between activists and authorities, Obama said in a NowThis interview that his administration is working on possible ways to “reroute” the project, saying he is aware of concerns from Native Americans that the $3.8 billion pipeline’s location is slated to be built less than a mile from tribal lands in North Dakota. “We’re monitoring this closely,” Obama said. “My view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans. And I think that right now the Army Corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline.” He added, “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.”