Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, has said he supports the possible rerouting of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, as well as members of more than 200 other indigenous tribes and nations from across the Americas and their non-Native allies. Last week, President Obama said the Army Corps was considering plans to reroute the pipeline. It’s already been rerouted at least once, away from Bismarck and Mandan, amid objections from the area’s mostly white residents over the possibility of water contamination. This is Senator Tim Kaine in an interview with Fusion.
Alicia Menendez: “Senator Sanders has said the Dakota Access pipeline must be stopped. Do you agree or disagree?”
Sen. Tim Kaine: “Well, certainly, the questions raised about the route are important. President Obama, a month or so back—might have been six weeks ago—said, 'Look, we need to do a set of consultations between the U.S. government and the sovereign tribal governments about projects like this. And then, in recent days, what he said is we ought to be able to find a route that solves some of these problems. And I'm optimistic about that, too. I know the administration is working very hard on it. They’ve made—”
Alicia Menendez: “So you’d be in support of rerouting it?”
Sen. Tim Kaine: “Well, look, they’ve already rerouted it once. It was routed to be near Bismarck, and then that route was changed. So if it’s changed once—if it’s an important enough project, you ought to be able to find a route that works. And so, what the Obama administration has done by saying, 'Hey, let's look at route alternatives,’ I think is the right thing to do.”