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Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing

Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing

Army POC: Moira Kelley (703) 614-3992,  moira.l.kelley.civ@mail.mil
The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced today.

Jo-Ellen Darcy said she based her decision on a need to explore alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing. Her office had announced on November 14, 2016 that it was delaying the decision on the easement to allow for discussions with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies 0.5 miles south of the proposed crossing. Tribal officials have expressed repeated concerns over the risk that a pipeline rupture or spill could pose to its water supply and treaty rights.

"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," Darcy said. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."

Darcy said that the consideration of alternative routes would be best accomplished through an Environmental Impact Statement with full public input and analysis.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is an approximately 1,172 mile pipeline that would connect the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North Dakota to an existing crude oil terminal near Pakota, Illinois. The pipeline is 30 inches in diameter and is projected to transport approximately 470,000 barrels of oil per day, with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels. The current proposed pipeline route would cross Lake Oahe, an Army Corps of Engineers project on the Missouri River.

One Love: Swadeshi Revolutions Successes 04.Dec.2016 22:05

Ainsworth France

   Yes, indeed; this news has me wanting to do backflips. I am so happy for the Dakota Sioux. This sets a great precedence for  environmental justice, specifically that we can and must continue to defend the rights of all people to enjoy lives with "the fullest happiness" and high, sustainable levels of well-being--particularly oppressed groups (given the many sad, genocidal tragedies that they have endured), including indigenous peoples, across the globe. From the first meetings discussing the plight of our indigenous sisters and brothers in the Dakotas that I attended back in September at a local college to the petitions and demonstrations that I took part in, it really feels great to know it amounted to a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux. But we must remain vigilant, especially with terrible Trump fascism upon us, as Bob Marley and the Wailers said: "Don't give the fight / Stand up for [our] rights."

But enough of my take on this; here are some words directly from members of the Dakota Sioux:

 In our new series, Ask a Native American Girl, Daunnette and her friends tackle the misconceptions that face their culture, and also invite us to take part in what's going on at Standing Rock.

Here, the girls school us on the REAL history behind Thanksgiving — detailing the genocide of Native American people by the European settlers and American colonists. They also touch on the "Dakota 38" — what's now known as the largest mass execution in US history, where 38 Dakota men were put to death by Abraham Lincoln.

At the end, the girls all say what they're thankful for. The resounding theme? That they're still here — and thriving (  link to www.teenvogue.com ) .

And specifically pertaining to the Army Corp of Engineers decision:

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman, Dave Archambault II said in a statement,

"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.
With this decision we look forward to being able to return home and spend the winter with our families and loved ones, many of whom have sacrificed as well. We look forward to celebrating in wopila, in thanks, in the coming days."

Power to the people in the best and most sustainable way!