It is being reported that Army Corps of Engineers has denied the final permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Secretary of the Army Corps of Engineers has told the Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault that the route for the Dakota Access pipeline has been denied near the reservation, but are studying alternate routes.
The statement just released said:
“Today the Army Corp of Engineers announced its decision not to grant the easement to the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing the Missouri immediately above the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, and to study alternate routes.”
David Archambault said of the breaking news announcement:
“I am thankful there were some leaders in the federal government that realized something was not right even though its legal. For the first time in history native American, they heard our voices. This is something that will go down in history and is a blessing for all indigenous people. I heard the army corp of engineers will not grant the easement and they will reroute. I would say that is it over.”
However, as The Young Turks have been reporting over the past hour, even though this is a historic victory, we must all remain vigilant in continuing to oppose this pipeline entirely as well as promote wind and solar energies that are so needed at the moment.
Additionally, it must be remembered that Donald Trump has money in this pipeline working out and so the pressure must remain when he becomes President in late January.
This news comes on the day when over 2,000 military veterans have arrived at Standing Rock to help protect the water protectors. Included in the wave of veterans is Hawaii Democrat House Representative Tulsi Gabbard, who has long opposed the pipeline.
“Today we have shown the power of people’s voices standing together to protect our water. Water is life. We cannot live without it. While we celebrate today’s news, we cannot be complacent. We must continue to protect our water and preserve our land.#StandWithStandingRock #WaterIsLife“ -Tulsi Gabbard (Source)
Claire Bernish of The Free Thought Project says:
“Whether or not the refusal to grant the necessary easement will result in effective changes satisfactory to the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes and their supporters will have to be seen in coming days.
In the meantime, however, Energy Transfer Partners is obligated to halt Dakota Access Pipeline construction immediately — and the route under the Lake Oahe reservoir will be permanently abandoned.”
While The fight for clean water is far from over and it is important to remain aware and have eyes on this situation until the project in it’s entirely is shut down, but this seems for now like we are making some serious progress towards a better world.
This is fantastic news, but it’s important keep your eyes on this situation as it unfolds in the coming days.
This article has been modified and updated from it’s original version.