Victory At Standing Rock: #DAPL Construction Temporarily Stopped

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Protestors at Standing Rock scored a victory as federal officials are looking into alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline, reports the New York Times. The Obama Administration set things in motion leading to the U.S Army Corps of Engineers denying easement of the pipeline construction, it was announced Sunday (Dec. 4).

“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 Joe-Ellen Darcy, Department of the Army’s assistant secretary for Civil Works.  “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”

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Protests have been ongoing at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, because the potential multi-billon dollar oil pipeline would damage drinking water, and cut through sacred Native American land.

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault, released a statement thanking the Obama Administration and the Army Corps for the decision.

“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,” Archambault said.“Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternatives routes.

“We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration,” he continued. “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.”

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