President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that would award the company Dakota Access with an $1 billion pipeline project.
Trump said the project would provide “major relief” for energy-producing areas.
Trump’s executive order, signed by his chief of staff John Kelly, says the pipeline would help “increase access to energy in areas of the country that have been severely affected by climate change, including the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and North Dakota.”
The pipeline is scheduled to start delivering oil from North Dakota to refineries in South Dakota.
The president also signed an order directing the Department of Transportation to “establish a pipeline security review program” to examine “alternative routes to transport oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota” through the South Dakota Basin to “North Dakota and other oil producing states.”
The president’s order was part of his efforts to boost the economy.
He signed an infrastructure package in June that includes a $1 trillion package for the military and other federal agencies.
Trump also announced he is sending $100 million to support coal miners and others in the industry.