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    PIPELINE HALTED: Feds block proposed route of Dakota Access pipeline after protests

    PIPELINE HALTED: Feds block proposed route of Dakota Access pipeline after protests



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    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will not grant an easement for a $3.8 million pipeline to be built under Lake Oahe in North Dakota after months of protests by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

    For more on this story, visit http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/04/feds-block-route-dakota-access-pipeline.html

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    Army denies Dakota pipeline permit, in victory for Native tribes


    By Ernest Scheyder and Valerie Volcovici
    Reuters December 4, 2016
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    Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, takes part in an interview with Reuters at his office in Mandan, North Dakota, U.S., December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Hofstetter



    By Ernest Scheyder and Valerie Volcovici

    CANNON BALL, N.D./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. 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 (1,885-km) 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 U.S. Army said.


    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.


    “Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline," said Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II, in a statement.


    "Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes."


    U.S. Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell released a statement on Sunday saying the Army's "thoughtful approach ... ensures that there will be an in-depth evaluation of alternative routes for the pipeline and a closer look at potential impacts."


    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.


    A spokesperson for Energy Transfer Partners could not immediately be reached for comment.

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    The Army Corps just blocked the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline
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    On Sunday, the US Army Corps of Engineers said it would not grant a necessary permit to allow the Dakota ...
    This decision will be difficult for Donald Trump to overturn...
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    So apparently it can be stopped.

    So now President Trump will probably have the opportunity to start it up again.

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    I expect Trump will wait until the Corps does its job looking at alternative routes and doing more environmental investigations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    I expect Trump will wait until the Corps does its job looking at alternative routes and doing more environmental investigations.
    One would hope.

    Truly, I didn't know much about it - still don't - except it seems this was an alternate route chosen after the city of Bismark opposed the original one.

    Am I right?

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    Yes, this is an alternative route that's been approved at every level and I learned today even upheld by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. So the pipeline is legal as it is routed now which is in a utility corridor with a existing natural gas pipeline and an electrical transmission line.

    It's not on Sioux Reservation Land, so the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe really doesn't have anything to say about it, one way or the other.
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    Ryan blasts Obama's decision to block Dakota Access pipeline route

    Published December 05, 2016 FoxNews.com


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    House Speaker Paul Ryan called the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision Sunday to deny a government permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota “big government decision-making at its worst.”

    Ryan, R-Wis., tweeted out his displeasure hours after the decision was made. He added that he looks "forward to putting this anti-energy presidency behind us."


    The decision handed a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe’s water source and cultural sites.


    Ryan comments echoed the sentiments of other North Dakota leaders. Gov. Jack Dalrymple called it a “serious mistake” that prolongs the dangerous situation” of having several hundred protesters who are camped out on federal land during the bitter winter season. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer said it's a "very chilling signal" for the future of infrastructure in the United States.


    The company building the pipeline, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, slammed President Obama’s administration in a statement, calling the move political.


    The company said the decision was "just the latest in a series of overt and transparent political actions by an administration which has abandoned the rule of law in favor of currying favor with a narrow and extreme political constituency."


    The company reiterated its plan to complete construction of the pipeline without rerouting around Lake Oahe.


    The four-state, $3.8 billion project is largely complete except for the now-blocked segment underneath Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir. Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a news release that her decision was based on the need to "explore alternate routes" for the pipeline's crossing. Her full decision doesn't rule out that it could cross under the reservoir or north of Bismarck.


    "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."


    The news was met by cheers and chants of “mni wichoni” – “water is life” in Lakota Sioux. Some in the crowd banged rums. Miles Allard, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux, said he was pleased but remained cautious, saying, "We don't know what Trump is going to do."


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    "The whole world is watching," Allard added. "I'm telling all our people to stand up and not to leave until this is over."

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday that the Department of Justice will "continue to monitor the situation" and stands "ready to provide resources to help all those who can play a constructive role in easing tensions."


    "The safety of everyone in the area - law enforcement officers, residents and protesters alike - continues to be our foremost concern," she added.


    Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, whose department has done much of the policing for the protests, said that "local law enforcement does not have an opinion" on the easement and that his department will continue to "enforce the law."


    U.S. Secretary for the Interior Sally Jewell said in a statement that the Corps' "thoughtful approach ... ensures that there will be an in-depth evaluation of alternative routes for the pipeline and a closer look at potential impacts."


    Earlier Sunday, an organizer with Veterans Stand for Standing Rock said tribal elders had asked the military veterans not to have confrontations with law enforcement officials, adding the group is there to help out those who've dug in against the project.


    About 250 veterans gathered about a mile from the main camp for a meeting with organizer Wes Clark Jr., the son of former Democratic presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark. The group had said about 2,000 veterans were coming, but it wasn't clear how many actually arrived.


    "We have been asked by the elders not to do direct action," Wes Clark Jr. said. He added that the National Guard and law enforcement have armored vehicles and are armed, warning: "If we come forward, they will attack us."

    Instead, he told the veterans, "If you see someone who needs help, help them out."


    Authorities moved a blockade from the north end of the Backwater Bridge with the conditions that protesters stay south of it and come there only if there is a prearranged meeting. Authorities also asked protesters not to remove barriers on the bridge, which they have said was damaged in the late October conflict that led to several people being hurt, including a serious arm injury.


    "That heavy presence is gone now and I really hope in this de-escalation they'll see that, and in good faith . the leadership in those camps will start squashing the violent factions," Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney said in a statement, reiterating that any violation will "will result in their arrest."

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    The Chief Big Foot Riders arriving in camp to support their Hunkpapa relatives. The riders honor the memory Mniconjou Lakota Chief Bigfoot and his band of 400 people who were massacred at Wounded Knee Creek by the U.S. Army 7th Calvary. In December 1990, they began a four-year commemoration on horseback over the same trail that Chief Big Foot's band followed in 1890, paying tribute and mourning those that died 100 years ago. On Friday, the Tribe and the International Indian Treaty Council jointly filed an urgent action communication to four United Nations Human Rights Special Rapporteurs calling for emergency intervention.

    Dakota Access Pipeline: Standing Rock Sioux Issue Urgent Appeal to United Nations Human Rights Officials

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    8/20/16


    The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the International Indian Treaty Council have appealed to the United Nations for help in their fight against construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline under the Missouri River on Treaty lands a half-mile from the reservation.

    “We specifically request that the United States Government impose an immediate moratorium on all pipeline construction until the Treaty Rights and Human Rights of the Standing Rock Tribe can be ensured and their free, prior and informed consent is obtained,” Chairman Dave Archambault and the Treaty Council said in their appeal to top U.N. human rights officials.

    As a matter of extreme urgency, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Treaty Council jointly submitted an urgent action communication to four U.N. human rights Special Rapporteurs citing “ongoing threats and violations to the human rights of the Tribe, its members and its future generations.” The tribe’s water supply is threatened by construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, which was permitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in late July, despite the objections of three federal agencies including the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

    RELATED:Breaking: Dakota Access Pipeline Approved
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    “Its proposed route is in close proximity to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the Missouri River, the main source of water for the Tribe,” the appeal said of the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile-long pipeline, which would wend its way through four states and carry up to half a billion barrels of oil daily from the Bakken oil fields. “This pipeline’s construction is being carried out without the Tribe’s free, prior and informed consent in direct contradiction to their clearly expressed wishes.”

    A hearing on the tribe’s request for an injunction is scheduled in Washington, D.C. federal court on Wednesday August 24.

    RELATED:Standing Rock Sioux Sues Army Corps Over Dakota Access Pipeline Approval

    Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II and others have emphasized the peaceful nature of the gathering, saying only that they want to protect the water.

    RELATED:Dakota Access Pipeline Standoff: Mni Wiconi, Water is Life

    They are calling for a halt to construction at least until the court hearing that will examine the tribe’s request for an injunction as part of a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its lack of a comprehensive review on the project. Construction was officially halted by Energy Transfer, the company building the pipeline, but reports have surfaced of work being done across the Missouri River from the camp, on the South Dakota side.

    The Dakota Access pipeline violates tenets of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the “right to health, right to water and subsistence, threats against sacred sites including burial grounds, Treaty Rights, cultural and ceremonial practices, free prior and informed consent, traditional lands and resources including water, productive capacity of the environment, and self-determination,” the appeal said. It cites environmental racism stemming from the Army Corp’s decision not to locate the pipeline north of Bismarck over concerns it would endanger the city’s water supply, while issuing permits to trench through burial grounds and the Tribe’s main water supply. This is a direct violation of the human right to water, the appeal said.

    “This submission calls attention to the urgent and worsening threats and violations of the human rights and ways of life of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who depend greatly for their means of subsistence and their physical and cultural health upon the Missouri River,” the appeal said, citing a myriad of oil spills and leakages.

    “The Dakota Access Pipeline poses an imminent threat to the Missouri River due to potential contamination by oil spills directly impacting the Tribe’s drinking water,” the appeal continued. “Based on data from a large number of oil pipelines, spills of toxic oil are a near certainty. Most experts believe it is not a matter of if but when such a spill will contaminate the ground and river water upon which the Tribe depends.”

    RELATED:Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Begins Despite Standing Rock Sioux Objections

    The appeal was addressed directly to Michel Forst, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples; Léo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and John Knox, Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment. Others alerted include the High Commissioner on Human Rights; the U.S. Department of State, the Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the office of Multi-Lateral and Global Affairs/Democracy Human Rights and Labor, and the White House.

    ND Gov. Declares Emergency


    Meanwhile, as peaceful protests continued on the site and at the state capitol for the second week, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple declared a state of emergency in several counties as construction was halted on site as thousands of water protectors arrived and camped along the river.

    Declaring a state of emergency paves the way for more funding for public safety and other resources to be mobilized “for the purpose of protecting the health, safety and well-being of the general public and those involved in the protest,” the governor’s office stated in apress release, noting that it does not activate the National Guard. “The executive order can help the state and local agencies manage costs associated with providing a heightened law enforcement presence and activates the State Emergency Operations Plan to coordinate the efficient flow of resources.”

    Some North Dakota residents are questioning why taxpayers are footing the bill for law enforcement manpower to protect a wealthy billionaire who owns Energy Transfer Partners, the owner of Dakota Access Pipeline LLC.


    In Iowa, residents are also suing the government, saying that Dakota Access LLC illegally wielded eminent domain to obtain rights of way on their land. That right rests solely with utility companies, they have argued in court. A ruling is pending on that as well, according toThe DesMoines Register. Construction has begun in all four states.

    Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwor...-nations-human

    Some of this information may be a outdated, but it's an insightful source to aid someone wishing to catch up on the situation. Personally, I believe these folks have every right to fight for the protection of their water source. Additionally, after reading the following, I find their claim of environmental racism credible.

    It cites environmental racism stemming from the Army Corp’s decision not to locate the pipeline north of Bismarck over concerns it would endanger the city’s water supply, while issuing permits to trench through burial grounds and the Tribe’s main water supply.
    I guess it's easy for us not actually experiencing this situation to make judgement.
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