Trump owns stock in Dakota Access parent company
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJuan Williams: Trump gives life to the left Kennedy retirement rumors shift into overdrive Pompeo to outline post-deal strategy on Iran MORE owns stock in the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to a Friday report from the Associated Press, and critics say it could pose a conflict of interest when he is in office.

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The AP found that Trump’s 2016 financial disclosure form showed that he owned between $15,000 and $50,000 in Energy Transfer Partners, a Texas company that is the parent of Dakota Access.

 

The president-elect also owns between $100,000 and $250,000 in Phillips 66, a company that owns a quarter of Dakota Access.

A spokeswoman for Trump told the Washington Post earlier this week that the president-elect had sold his shares of Energy Transfer Partners over the summer.

The pipeline has been the subject of intense protests from Native American tribes and their supporters, who are concerned that it could endanger the local water supply and disrupt sacred land.

Kelcy Warren, the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, told the AP that he believes Trump will help expedite the process, which has stalled under the Obama administration.

"Do I think it's going to get easier? Of course," Warren said. "If you're in the infrastructure business, you need consistency. That's where this process has gotten off track."

During the election, Warren donated $3,000 to the Trump campaign, $66,800 to the Republican National Committee and $100,000 to a committee that backed Trump’s candidacy.

House Natural Resources Committee ranking member Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) told the AP the investment was a “disturbing” development in Trump’s presidential transition. 

"You have climate deniers, industry lobbyists and energy conglomerates involved in that process," Grijalva said. "The pipeline companies are gleeful. This is pay-to-play at its rawest."