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Army Corps of Engineers Delays Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown November 16th, 2016 Last Updated on: November 16th, 2016

Did you guys hear the latest on the Dakota Access Pipeline? On Monday of this week the Army Corps of Engineers sent out a statement that construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline “on or under Corps land bordering Lake Oahe” should be stopped until further review. This statement coming in as activists across the country planned on demonstrating outside of Army Corps of Engineers offices on Tuesday.

Here's the official statement from the Army Corps of Engineers

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Army informed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Energy Transfer Partners, and Dakota Access, LLC, that it has completed the review that it launched on September 9, 2016. The Army has determined that additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation’s dispossessions of lands, the importance of Lake Oahe to the Tribe, our government-to-government relationship, and the statute governing easements through government property.

The Army invites the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to engage in discussion regarding potential conditions on an easement for the pipeline crossing that would reduce the risk of a spill or rupture, hasten detection and response to any possible spill, or otherwise enhance the protection of Lake Oahe and the Tribe’s water supplies. The Army invites discussion of the risk of a spill in light of such conditions, and whether to grant an easement for the pipeline to cross Lake Oahe at the proposed location. The Army continues to welcome any input that the Tribe believes is relevant to the proposed pipeline crossing or the granting of an easement.

While these discussions are ongoing, construction on or under Corps land bordering Lake Oahe cannot occur because the Army has not made a final decision on whether to grant an easement. The Army will work with the Tribe on a timeline that allows for robust discussion and analysis to be completed expeditiously.

We fully support the rights of all Americans to assemble and speak freely, and urge everyone involved in protest or pipeline activities to adhere to the principles of nonviolence.

We're hoping this is good news and talks will show that this pipeline is not what the people need!

 


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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Misty Looking Horse

Please #nodapl! This has become totally insane! Let our family have our peace and land without disorder. I’m happy to see it isn’t just us Native Americans who are fighting against this issue but people of all colors coming together in unity to protect our precious water supply. The people who are for this pipeline are more concerned with money than life. Without clean water, money isn’t going to save your life or the future generation’s lives when the water becomes polluted. It’s just a matter of time when the leak(s) will occur! It won’t be totally leak proof! If you believe that, have I got some things to sell you! Denial is not just a river in Egypt. It’s rampant among all the people who believe this pipeline should happen! Let the trucks and trains continue to transport this oil!

Janet Kerwin

I am with stopping the pipeline, but I have been receiving posts on FB that are inform. me that the Standing Rock Tribe was given all the information they needed before the pipeline had started and that I didn’t have my facts straight.
I would like to read more about or hear somethings so I can let know how it is and what DAPL and the Army Cor. of Eng. has done. Please help me with this so I can help the Water Protectors inform people that don’t feel the same way I do about this.

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