President Donald Trump’s administration has cleared a $4 billion pipeline deal with an oil company that was plagued by spills and pollution issues for years.
Bloomberg reported Monday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the $4.6 billion Dakota Access pipeline, a joint venture between the Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Dallas-based Dakota Access Pipeline Company (DAPL), on Monday.
The pipeline was proposed in 2016, but the project was halted by the Trump administration.
Trump has been a vocal opponent of the Dakota Access project and he threatened to veto a bill that would have increased royalties on oil and gas produced by the project.
The deal, approved by the Army Corps, was expected to close in the next few weeks.
The decision comes as a wave of lawsuits against the pipeline are mounting.
The company has been facing environmental complaints over the years and in the past several years it has been plagued by accidents, spills and environmental problems.
In December 2016, DAPL said it would halt its construction, but it has since restarted the pipeline.
The Department of Justice has been working on legal challenges against the Dakota Pipeline since the Trump presidency began.