Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Begins Despite Standing Rock Sioux Objections

Dakota Access pipeline rally

Lakota rally against Dakota Access pipeline, April 2016.

Chelsey Luger, Indian Country Today, May 23, 2016

In the midst of an ongoing effort by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other entities to prevent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the company Dakota Access LLC has begun construction of the 1,150-mile project, which will carry crude oil from western North Dakota to Illinois.

Construction has begun in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois, but not yet in Iowa, where regulators have declined to allow construction just yet. In consideration of the environmental impact of the project and other safety concerns, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not yet issued permits for the project to cross the Missouri River—Standing Rock’s main water source—or the Mississippi.

Dakota Access pipeline map

Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault insists that the fight to stop the pipeline has not come to an end and that the tribe and its allies will continue to exercise their rights to ensure that consideration of the health and well-being of the citizens of the Great Sioux Nation will be taken into consideration by the Army Corps of Engineers and other influential entities.


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“The start of construction by Dakota Access will not deter us,” Archambault said in a statement. “To the contrary, the Tribe will continue to press forward, to demonstrate that the Corps has not adequately consulted with the Tribe regarding cultural resource issues, and has not adequately addressed the risk of an oil spill that would harm the Tribe’s waters. The Tribe is dedicated to the protection of our Treaty rights, our Reservation lands, and our people—and we will ensure that the federal government upholds its trust responsibility when it makes its decision regarding the Dakota Access pipeline.”

The Tribe’s “Rezpect Our Water” campaign to prevent the pipeline has gained the support of several governmental entities along with thousands of individuals, including notable celebrities such as Jason Momoa and Leonardo DiCaprio.

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/05/23/dakota-access-pipeline-construction-begins-despite-standing-rock-sioux-objections-164566
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Posted on May 23, 2016, in Oil & Gas and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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