BREAKING – The Obama Administration today dealt a dramatic blow to the Trump-backed Dakota Access pipeline, ordering the pipeline to be rerouted away from the Standing Rock Sioux’s water supply.
Said Standing Rock Sioux Tribal chairman Dave Archambault II:
“Today, the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes.”
Chairman Archambault went on to praise the efforts of President Obama for his leadership on this issue. “We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing.”
“It took tremendous courage to take a new approach to our nation-to-nation relationship, and we will be forever grateful,” he said.
As previously reported by Restore Progress, President-elect Trump is heavily invested in the partnership constructing the pipeline. As of the time of this report, Donald has not yet publicly responded.
Restore Progress congratulates the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the many supporters who braved the brutality of the state of North Dakota, extreme weather conditions, and the weight of Donald Trump’s finances. Their victory is a hopeful indicator that, despite the election of Trump, in time American progress will be restored.