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It sounds like a huge victory, but the devil is in the details. Read 
carefully:  "delaying" not "canceling" ....
"based on the current record" leaves the government and corporation a 
way out to supplement the current record and then build again. ...
The new President could potentially reverse the mealy-mouthed 
decision, if pipeline is not canceled and deconstructed;
Could be re-routed ....

Celebrate the power of the people, yes! But don't be fooled ....

- Mitchel Cohen


Army says it will explore alternate routes for Dakota Access Pipeline 
in victory for native tribe

    * <http://www.businessinsider.com/author/mark-abadi>Mark Abadi 
and <http://www.businessinsider.com/author/reuters>Reuters
    * Dec. 4, 2016, 4:57 PM
The US Army Corps of Engineers has turned down a permit for a 
controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, in a 
victory for Native Americans and climate activists who have protested 
against the project for several months, according to a statement 
released on Sunday.

The 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline, owned by Texas-based Energy 
Transfer Partners LP, had been complete except for a segment planned 
to run under Lake Oahe, a reservoir formed by a dam on the Missouri River.

"The Army will not grant an easement to cross Lake Oahe at the 
proposed location based on the current record," a statement from the 
US Army said.

Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy added 
<https://www.army.mil/article/179095/army_will_not_grant_easement_for_dakota_access_pipeline_crossing>in 
a separate statement: "Although we have had continuing discussion and 
exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota 
Access, it's clear that there's more work to do."

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, along with climate activists, have 
been protesting the $3.8 billion project, saying it could contaminate 
the water supply and damage sacred tribal lands. The protest has 
garnered support from thousands who have flocked to North Dakota to 
protest against the completion of the line.

Protest organizers had for months argued that crossing the Missouri 
River adjacent to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation presented a 
danger to their water source. Protests grew over the months, with 
hundreds of veterans flocking to the camp in recent days to stand 
against what they say are aggressive tactics from law enforcement.

The department of the Army announced in November it was delaying the 
decision to grant the easement for the pipeline after the protests 
gained national attention.

In a statement, Standing Rock Sioux chairman Dave Archambault 
celebrated the announcement, saying the tribe will be "forever 
grateful" the US government acknowledged its concerns.

"We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and 
commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of 
President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the 
Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of 
history and to do the right thing," the statement read.

"The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will be 
forever grateful to the Obama Administration for this historic 
decision," it continued.