President Donald Trump has commenced the final go-ahead to continue the construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.
Despite the efforts of environmentalists and sympathizers of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the Army Corps of Engineers is prepared to sign off on the pipeline’s completion as soon as Wednesday.
The ACE also mentioned in court today that they will waive former President Barack Obama’s request for an environmental impact statement, expediting the construction. Energy Transfer Partners, the company tasked with constructing the pipeline, told a judge yesterday that the end-product has a foreseeable projection of two months, given the ACE’s compliance.
Fighting against potential contamination to the tribe’s water supply, Standing Rock’s Sioux chairman said in a statement today that the United States is “a sovereign nation” and the tribe “will fight to protect [its] water and sacred places from the brazen private interests trying to push this pipeline through to benefit a few wealthy Americans with financial ties to the Trump administration.”
Earthjustice lawyer and the tribe’s representation, Jan Hasselman, is making good on his promise to hold the Trump administration accountable for its actions.
“The Obama administration correctly found that the tribe’s treaty rights must be respected, and that the easement should not be granted without further review and consideration of alternative crossing locations,” Hasselman said. “Trump’s reversal of that decision continues a historic pattern of broken promises to Indian tribes and a violation of treaty rights.”
H/T: The Hill
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