Environmentalists believe former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s position with the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) could create a conflict of interest if he takes a spot in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet.
Activists contend that Perry’s role with Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company behind the multi-billion dollar DAPL, will present a problem if the decision to approve the pipeline is left to the Trump administration.
“The incoming Trump administration ran on draining the swamp, however the deep financial ties they have with Big Oil and Wall Street makes all the campaign rhetoric just words,” Jane Kleeb, the president of activist group Bold Alliance, told reporters Tuesday.
She added: “If Trump is serious, he will require all appointments to cut all financial ties with these big corporations which are clear conflicts of interest.”
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