Published: Mon, September 05, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

'Our cause is just,' says tribal leader in pipeline protest

'Our cause is just,' says tribal leader in pipeline protest

There, some First Nations and environmentalists have objected to further developing Canada's tar sands oil region, the third-largest oil deposit in the world, as well as pipeline development in the country with some success.

Dakota Access voluntarily shut down pipeline construction as the protests escalated to the point that worker safety became a concern. Dakota Access LLC is building the stretch from the Bakken Shale.

"And in recent years Native Americans have been in the vanguard of the movement to slow down climate change".

"If the pipeline was to burst under the river, it wouldn't just affect the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, it would affect all who rely on the Missouri River", said Skylar Vann, Locust Grove junior.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Des Moines denied a request from the pipeline company to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent protests in Iowa.

For months, residents of Boone, Iowa, and the surrounding region packed town hall meetings, attended rallies and signed petitions in mass displays of support for a project many there hoped would give the rural economy a much-needed lift: construction of an oil pipeline that would create more than a thousand jobs.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman David Archambault II and the International Indian Treaty Council issued an urgent appeal to the United Nations on August 18 asking for intervention on the grounds that their right to consultation as specified in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples had not been adhered to. It says a pipeline is the safest, most cost-effective and environmentally responsible way to move crude oil, removing dependency on rails and trucks. A few dozen protesters blocked four entrances to the work area that houses heavy machinery and construction workers' vehicles. If it continues on its course it will be installed over and under sacred sites in North and South Dakota. The activists are demonstrating against the construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline.

Iowa State Patrol Major Randy Kunert said it was unfortunate some protestors elected to be arrested because that was not what troopers wanted to do.

After almost five hours of testimony and legal arguments in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, Judge Daniel Hovland took the matter under advisement, allowing drilling under Lake Sakakawea to continue until he issues his ruling while also lamenting the lack of legal opinions offered by attorneys and previous case law on the issue.

Peterson thinks it could take two days for Chilton and King to reach North Dakota.

We gathered to say NO to Big Oil, and to stand up for our land, water and democracy.

The company said it has federal permission from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to run the pipelines beneath the lake along the Missouri River. We anticipate our legal fees for fighting Dakota Access in court will cost between $5,000 -$10,000.

Mentz says researches found cairns, burials and other sites of historic significance to Native Americans.

The Dakota Access pipeline would transport between 400,000 and 600,000 barrels of oil daily.

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