It sounds like a huge victory, but
the devil is in the details. Read carefully: "delaying"
not "canceling" ....
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.
"based on the current record" leaves the government and
corporation a way out to supplement the current record and then build
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
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
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
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.