By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs & assistant general counsel, ARTBA

President Donald Trump Feb. 7 ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to approve an easement allowing the long-stalled Dakota Access Pipeline project to resume construction.

Continuation of the $4 billion, 1,172-mile pipeline from the North Dakota oil fields to Illinois will mean jobs for transportation construction firms, including ARTBA members, and help boost the American economy.

ARTBA and other industry allies supported the project and warned of the harm caused by construction delays in an Oct. 20, 2016, letter to the prior administration.

“When your agencies upend or modify the results of a full and fair regulatory process for an infrastructure project, these actions do not merely impact a single company,” the letter said. “The industries that manufacture and develop the infrastructure, the labor that builds it, and the American consumers that depend on it all suffer.”