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Breaking: DAPL Approval Illegal, Judge Finds

DAPL construction trenchJudge James Boasberg’s 91-page decision says U.S. Army Corps ‘did not adequately consider’ oil spill impacts; no ruling on whether to keep DAPL operational

Indian Country Media Network,  June 14, 2017

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the law in its fast-tracked approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a U.S. District Court Judge in Washington D.C. has ruled. Judge James Boasberg said the Corps did not consider key components of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in granting the Lake Oahe easement under the Missouri River when directed to do so by President Donald Trump shortly after his swearing-in. Read the rest of this entry

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Push to Evict Remaining NoDAPL Water Protectors Intensifies

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Oceti Sakowin camp of water protectors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on February 16, 2017. Photo by Jenni Monet.

Unseasonably high temperatures fuel increased pressure on water protectors to leave flood plain

U.S. Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline

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The U.S. Army has notified Congress on Tuesday that it will allow the $3.8 billion ($5 billion Canadian) Dakota Access pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, completing the four-state project to move North Dakota oil to Illinois. (Tom Stromme / AP)

Construction could still be delayed because the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which had led opposition to the pipeline, said it would fight the latest development.

U.S. Army Corps Gives Eviction Notice to Dakota Access Protest Camp

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given a evacuation order to those protesting at the Dakota Access Pipeline camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

In a statement Friday evening, the Corps said it would close the Oceti Sakowin Camp, which sits on approximately 50 acres of Corps land, on Feb. 22 due to the “high potential for flooding” in the low-lying area.

The land sits at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers, which the Corps says puts it at particular risk of flooding after a winter of record snowfall in the region.

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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

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

US authorities: Dakota pipeline protesters can stay

dapl-campThe US Army Corps of Engineers said those protesting a North Dakota pipeline will not be forcibly removed.

Al Jazeera, November 28, 2016

US authorities have said there are no plans to forcibly remove activists protesting plans to run an oil pipeline under a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, despite telling them to leave by early December.

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