However, on Friday, March 3, 2017, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the Keystone XL pipeline will not need to be built using steel made in the United States, explaining that the president’s January 2017 executive order applies to new pipelines being built rather than those already under construction. Sanders stated:
“Since this one is already currently under construction, the steel is already literally sitting there, it’s hard to go back. Everything moving forward would fall under that executive order.”
Following that same logic, the remaining portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline will not be required to use steel from the United States, since it is also not a new pipeline.
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