What is the Dakota Access Pipeline? Here are the facts.
The Trump administration gave Energy Transfer Partners the green light to complete construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline Tuesday. It is entirely underground and surpasses federal safety requirements.
Standing Rock Sioux announced that they will continue the fight to protect their "water and sacred places from the brazen private interests trying to push this pipeline through".
The Dakota Access Pipeline is entirely underground and will cross under Lake Oahe at a minimum depth of 95 feet below the riverbed.
The Army has notified Congress that it will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, completing the four-state project to move North Dakota oil to IL.
He wrote that the Army would officially grant the easement as soon as Wednesday afternoon, at which point the company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, would be able to begin construction. "The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and tribes across the country invite allies in America and from around the world to join the march", the site reads. They have provoked multiple unsafe and criminal confrontations with law enforcement, and caused significant damage to property, which have led local agencies to ask for extra federal help.
The Army intends to allow the crossing under Lake Oahe as early as Wednesday. Protesters targeted the bank because they say it's "a major funder" of the pipeline. Before Trump was sworn in, the USA army corps of engineers was on track to conduct a full environmental impact study (EIS) of the project, which the tribe has long sought.
The tribe has fought approval of the final stretch, which falls about a half-mile from the reservation, over concerns about water quality.
"The granting of this easement goes against protocol, it goes against legal process, it disregards more than 100,000 comments already submitted as part of the not-yet-completed environmental review process - all for the sake of Donald Trump's billionaire big oil cronies", Goldtooth said.
The 1,172-mile pipeline is being built to carry oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota to an existing oil terminal in IL. (That case is still ongoing.) So the tribe would have to come back and ask yet again for an injunction - this time over the fact that the Army Corps made a decision to ignore an ongoing environmental review.
Rev. Lennox Yearwood, an activist and president of the Hip Hop Caucus, spoke of the audacity of Trump and his administration in putting pipelines and profits before people.
Demonstrators listen to a prayer song Wednesday outside the White House.
Construction on the highly controversial Dakota Access Pipeline has officially resumed and is expected to be available for use in less than three months. "You know, I approved them and I haven't even heard one call from anybody saying, 'Oh, that was a bad thing you did, '" Mr. Trump said in the [U.K.] Independent.
"I know there is a difference of opinion, but we stand united with the Standing Rock nation in wanting the most highly militarized blockade in North Dakota history to be lifted, because it's functioning as a successful economic sanction", Mr.