Protestors have won in fight against Dakota Access Pipeline

Protestors have won in fight against Dakota Access Pipeline

Protestors have won in fight against Dakota Access Pipeline!

We have been covering the Dakota Access Pipeline for the past few months because it is an extremely important issue for our environment and for the well being of our planet.

If you haven’t heard about the Dakota Access Pipeline then here is some information on it.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a new project that consists of an approximately 1,172 mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline that will connect North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline will be used to transport crude oil.

The pipeline would cross the Missouri River, which is one of the largest water sources in the U.S., provides drinking water for millions.

The Great Sioux Nation, who live in the region, warn that an oil spill in the river would be detrimental to the water and overall health of their land.

We are pleased to report that the protestors finally have reason to celebrate, as the Obama administration decided not to approve an important permit for completing the pipeline.

Although this is a significant victory, the fight is far from over. The government has not stopped the pipeline completely, but is putting the project under review for alternate routes, which could take months to years.

Because of this review, the final decision will be in the hands of the Trump administration.

This is a victory for organizing, and it doesn’t stop now,” says Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network. “More threats are likely in the year to come, and we cannot stop until this pipeline is completely and utterly defeated.”

As reported in the New York Times:

The Army said it would look for alternative routes for the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Construction of the route a half-mile from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation has become a global flash point for environmental and indigenous activism, drawing thousands of people out here to a sprawling prairie camp of tents, tepees and yurts.

The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing,” Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s assistant secretary for civil works, said in a statement. The move could presage a lengthy environmental review that has the potential to block the pipeline’s construction for months or years.

Jon Eagle Sr., a member of the Standing Rock tribe, said that the Obama administration’s decision was a vindication for the many protestors who had traveled there.

I don’t know quite how to put into words how proud I am of our people,” Mr. Eagle said. “And I mean our people. I don’t just mean the indigenous people of this continent. I mean all the people who came to stand with us. And it’s a beautiful day. It’s a powerful day.”

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REFERENCES:
1. “Army Blocks Drilling of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 04 Dec. 2016. Web. 06 Dec. 2016.
2. “What Comes Next for the Dakota Access Pipeline.” Time. Time, n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2016.

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