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posted by martyb on Monday December 05 2016, @01:13PM   Printer-friendly
from the embrace-extend-extinguish? dept.

According to an article at

The Army Corps of Engineers has denied the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline, according Colonel Henderson, who notified Veterans for Standing Rock co-organizer Michael A. Wood Jr on 4 December 2016.

More than 3,000 veterans had converged at the Standing Rock camp to support the Sioux in their ongoing opposition to the building of a $3.7 billion pipeline that would cross through disputed land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Wood said upon learning of the move, "This is history."

From a report in Al Jazeera :

The US Army Corps of Engineers has turned down a permit for a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, in a victory for Native Americans and climate activists who have protested against the project for several months, according to a statement released.

The 1,885km Dakota Access Pipeline, owned by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP, had been complete except for a segment planned to run under Lake Oahe, a reservoir formed by a dam on the Missouri River.

"The Army will not grant an easement to cross Lake Oahe at the proposed location based on the current record," a statement from the US Army said.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, along with climate activists, have been protesting the $3.8bn project, saying it could contaminate the water supply and damage sacred tribal lands.

[...] "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," said Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II, in a statement.

"Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes."

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  • (Score: 2) by meustrus on Monday December 05 2016, @09:15PM

    by meustrus (4961) on Monday December 05 2016, @09:15PM (#437388)

    Environmentalists want all this pipeline and fracking crap denied, but that's not what Obama did. Obama has pursued the "rainbow" energy policy that pisses off environmentalists because it includes fossil fuels, and conservatives still get to whine about green energy because some people remember the 70s when democrats actually were willing to stall the energy economy for environmentalism.

    You should really have more sympathy for the "hippies". They are coming around to the distrust of government that rural Republicans have held for decades. The "mood of the country", at least in Iowa where I live, is that this pipeline is a garbage deal. Local farmers that voted Trump have had their lands dug into and polluted in the name of "eminent domain" abused for private corporations. The real tragedy is that the really stupid global warming argument against the pipeline delayed the local right-wing response enough that it passed through before the rural people knew that it wasn't just a liberal thing.

    All this garbage is a result of corruption, and the "big government" arguments against liberals are just a scapegoat. Think about it. Building codes are a local issue, and local governments are run by Republicans more often than not. I've been party to these building codes and they are written to protect local permitted contractors from competition. Sometimes these locals don't know WTF they are doing - we had to hire one to run plumbing for a rental property, but the result obviously wasn't to code and had we been allowed to do it ourselves, it would have been.

    If there isn't at least one reference or primary source, it's not +1 Informative. Maybe the underused +1 Interesting?
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