Obama administration bows to protesters, blocks Dakota Access pipeline
The decision announced by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe calls for Energy Transfer Partners to reroute the 1,172-mile, four-state pipeline, which is about 90 percent complete, on the final 1,100-foot stretch in North Dakota.
“according to rapporteur report from washingtontimes, link ,Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Jo-Ellen Darcy in a statement. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”
Supporters of the pipeline decried the move, accusing the administration of kowtowing to political pressure, while the tribe said in a statement that “we wholeheartedly support” the administration’s decision to “do the right thing.”
“Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access pipeline,” said the tribe in a statement. “Instead, the corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes.”
The tribe also thanked its “millions” of supporters around the world and said that Indian country would be “forever