While Eyes Were On Standing Rock, Dakota Pipeline Was Drilled Under Des Moines River in Iowa

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Tipis and other shelters at camp near Standing Rock, North Dakota.

While the pipeline may have been halted in North Dakota, construction workers just finished drilling under the Des Moines River, which supplies the water for half a million people in Iowa.

by Adele Peters, December 6, 2016

Last Friday, while the media focused on the thousands of protestors at Standing Rock, a construction crew working on the same under-protest project finished drilling through rock under the Des Moines River in Iowa—another major source of drinking water.

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9 Reasons Why #NoDAPL Struggle Isn’t Over

dapl-machinery-flag-masks-bannerby Indigenous Action Media, December 5, 2016

1. The Obama administration is passing the buck, to Trump.

On Sunday, December 4, 2016 the Army Corp of Engineers denied the easement for pipeline development under Lake Oahe and made recommendations for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the river crossing and exploration for alternative routes. An EIS would likely take months to undertake and would be subject to the Trump regime’s Environmental Protection Agency. Read the rest of this entry

Standing Rock protesters asked to ‘go home’ by Sioux leader

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Standing Rock Sioux tribal chair David Archambault II.

Some determined to stay despite Dave Archambault arguing ‘water protectors’ should stand down after Army Corps rejected Dakota Access drilling plan

by Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian, December 6, 2016

The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has asked the thousands of “water protectors” gathered in encampments along the Missouri river to “go home” after the US Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the river.

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Standing Rock activists stay in place, fearing pipeline victory was a ‘trick’

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As snow began to fall, activists said that they wanted people to remain at the camp and called for more to arrive. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Though the US denied a permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, many worry that the Trump administration and the pipeline company could reverse the decision

Native American activists at the Standing Rock “water protector” camps vowed to remain in place the morning after the US Army Corps of Engineers denied a key permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, with many expressing concerns that the incoming Trump administration and potential legal action from the pipeline company could reverse their victory. Read the rest of this entry

National Chief Perry Bellegarde faces divisions over pipelines as AFN meets

Image of Perry Bellegarde courtesy of his PR team. CREDIT: Fred Cattroll

AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde.

Anti-pipeline chiefs preparing to walk out Tuesday when Justin Trudeau addresses the assembly

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, December 5, 2016

First Nations leaders who support pipeline projects are afraid to speak out because they have become stigmatized by some protesters, AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde said.

“There’s a stigma now attached to supporting economic development. There’s a stigma that somehow you’re not a First Nations person, if you support a pipeline,” he said in an interview with CBC News. “I think we have to slow down and stop and say ‘We balance things between the environment and the economy.'” Read the rest of this entry

Today Is Not A Victory For Water Protectors

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Pipes for the Dakota Access Pipeline ready to go in the ground.

by Johnny Dangers, We Are the Media, December 5, 2016

Headlines do not stop pipelines. Today is NOT a Victory. I want to make that crystal clear.

Do not fall for the headlines or propaganda. I am not leaving Sacred Stone Camp and I urge all Water Protectors to listen to your heart and your prayers to stay until the Black Snake is Dead. You trust my reporting because I give you the hard truth so I will give you that now. Read the rest of this entry

Dakota Access Pipeline to continue despite Army Corps failure to grant easement

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To the people of Standing Rock, with love, peace, and prayers. “How The Protectors Defeated The Black Snake” -Art Alley, Rapid City, SD #NoDAPL

Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners Respond to the Statement from the Department of the Army

Business Wire, December 4, 2016

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL) announced that the Administration’s statement today that it would not at this time issue an “easement” to Dakota Access Pipeline is a purely political action – which the Administration concedes when it states it has made a “policy decision” – Washington code for a political decision. This is nothing new from this Administration, since over the last four months the Administration has demonstrated by its action and inaction that it intended to delay a decision in this matter until President Obama is out of office. Read the rest of this entry

Some quick responses to US Army Corps of Engineers halting DAPL construction

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art by Chameleon Horse art & design.

Trolling the internet I found a few interesting statements about today’s announcement that the US Army Corps of Engineers has denied the easement to drill under Lake Oahe, a reservoir of the Missouri River.  I took the liberty of collecting a few FB comments, some of which contradict Standing Rock Sioux tribal chair tribal chair Dave Archambault II’s statement that protesters should now go home… Read the rest of this entry

Dakota Access Pipeline construction halted near Standing Rock reservation

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A man from the Stolo tribe in Canada stands in Oceti Sakowin camp as protesters demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, N.D. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the camp, says constructing is being halted. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blocks pipeline’s route, says alternatives must be explored

CBC News, December 4, 2016

Construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline has been halted.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Moria Kelley said in a news release Sunday that the administration will not allow the four-state, $3.8-billion pipeline to be built under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir where construction had been on hold. Read the rest of this entry

Echoes of Oka: Trudeau minister says military involvement possible against oil pipeline resistance

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Canadian soldier and warrior face off during 1990 Oka Crisis.

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, December 2, 2016

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr suggested Thursday Canada is prepared to deploy the military against anti-pipeline actions deemed “not to be peaceful,” raising the possibility the country could face a scenario last seen during the Oka Crisis in 1990. Read the rest of this entry