Climate change protestors and and Native Americans essentially just won their protest at Standing Rock in North Dakota.
The US Army Corps of Engineers, under pressure from the protestors, has decided not to issue the required permit for an easement for the pipeline that would send it through The Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s traditional land.
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According to a Reuters report:
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.”
Protestors have been essentially battling with federal and local law enforcement for weeks now over the pipeline project. Both law enforcement and the protestors have claimed abuse and attacks at the hands of the other. The latest ruling will likely bring an end to the tense stand off.