Published: Thu, February 02, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Sioux Indians Secure Legal Victory in Effort to Thwart Construction of Pipeline

As such, the Vermont Democratic Party fully supports the Standing Rock Sioux Nation's work in North Dakota to protect the Missouri river and other waterways.

The statement did not indicate whether or not the easement has been already issued which would allow Energy Transfer Partners to resume the construction of the pipeline.

The EIS was ordered by Jo-Ellen Darcy, the assistant secretary of the U.S. Army, on December 4. "It makes it even more hard when one considers the close personal ties you and your associates have had with Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco".

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer released a statement applauding the decision. Army Corps of Engineers has been instructed to sign off on the critical easement under Lake Oahe.

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven said in a statement on Tuesday that Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer had told him and Vice President Mike Pence that Speer directed the Corps to proceed with the easement.

"The Army has initiated the steps outlined in the January 24th Presidential Directive which directs the Acting Secretary of the Army to expeditiously review requests for approvals to construct and operate the Dakota Access Pipeline in compliance with the law", Maj. Cramer said that congress will be made aware of the decision imminently.

They've cited concerns that the pipeline could traverse through ancestral Native American lands, violate the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, contaminate their water supply and pose other safety hazards. While there's always some element of risk involved in any infrastructure project, pipelines like this are a common practice and run deeply underneath water sources throughout the country.

At one point, almost 10,000 people had flocked to the site.

But the tribe says there's an environmental study going on that must be finished before the Army can grant the easement, and they're planning to resist. The tribe is particularly concerned that the easement may be granted without the requisite environmental review being completed. "To abandon the EIS would amount to a wholly unexplained and arbitrary change based on the President's personal views and, potentially, personal investments".

Rather ironically, the waste generated by protesters posed its own threat to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's drinking water, Reuters reported.

"The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will vigorously pursue legal action to ensure the environmental impact statement order issued late previous year is followed so the pipeline process is legal, fair and accurate".

This rhetoric, fueled by environmental extremists who oppose any and all use of fossil fuels, disguises an important fact - that in this particular instance, President Trump's executive actions are actually in the public's best interests.

What are your thoughts on the controversial pipeline? "We appreciate that President Trump is keeping his word to move lawful, carefully sited energy projects forward".

On his second weekday in office, Trump signed memorandums aimed at advancing both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

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