Yesterday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced they will deny the easement for the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline that would run through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Dakotas.
In the past months tribal members of the Lakota, Sihasapa Lakota and Yanktonai alongside U.S. Veterans and concerned citizens from around the nation have gathered to protest the completion of the pipeline. The concern of the Sioux Nation is that the 11, 072 mile pipeline (already near completion) will have to run under the water sources of the Lakota Sioux Reservation, and may contaminate their water supply.
Over the past few weeks rubber bullets, tear gas and freezing water have been deployed against protesters by authorities in riot gear. “The police as far as we can tell are still protecting DAPL. They have moved north from the bridge, but say that anyone that crosses over has chosen to be the aggressor and will be arrested,” said Randy Strain, with Native Daily Network, the source at the Standing Rock camps. According to Strain, the Army Corp of Engineers still has eviction notices on the camps at Standing Rock.
Army Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said she based her decision to halt on a need to explore alternate routes for the Energy Transfer Partners Pipeline crossing under the Missouri Reservoir, “We won this battle but this is far from over,” said Strain. The 3.8 billion dollar project is on pause for an environmental review.