Hoeven Emphasizes Importance of DAPL, Pipelines in Call to Energy Secretary

Senator Continues Working to Keep DAPL in Operation

WASHINGTON – Today, during a call with U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Senator John Hoeven emphasized the importance of pipelines and the reliable transportation of energy supplies to U.S. economic and national security. The senator asked for an update on the Colonial Pipeline outage and efforts to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities and get the pipeline back in operation. The senator also made the case for keeping the Dakota Access Pipeline in operation as it is vital infrastructure for the State of North Dakota, the Three Affiliated Tribes and the nation. 

“I spoke with Secretary Granholm today to advance important North Dakota energy priorities,” said Hoeven. “With communities feeling the impacts of the Colonial Pipeline outage, it’s more clear than ever that pipelines are vital infrastructure that benefits both our economic and national security. At the same time, I advocated for keeping the Dakota Access Pipeline in operation and outlined the benefits of this pipeline to North Dakota, the Three Affiliated Tribes and our nation. We need pipelines.”

During the call, Hoeven again invited Secretary Granholm to visit North Dakota and learn firsthand about the state’s energy work, including:

  • Developing carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies, like Project Tundra, which will enable the nation to continue utilizing its abundant energy resources, like coal, while reducing emissions.
  • The partnership between the Department of Energy and the University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center.
  • Streamlining the approval process for energy development and infrastructure, like transmission lines and pipelines.