After months of fighting and protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline from being constructed through treaty-protected territory, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe announced on Sunday that the pipeline access was denied and construction stopped.
“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,” Standing Rock Sioux Tribal chairman Dave Archambault II writes in a statement. “Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes.”
“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,” Archambault writes.
— Kelly Hayes (@MsKellyMHayes) December 4, 2016
The Assistant Army Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy issued a statement saying that there’s more about the construction. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing,” Darcy says.
But not everyone is believing that the construction would stop, and activists are urging others to stick around.
Those at camp are being encouraged to stick around because it's expected that Dakota Access will drill anyway, without permit. #NoDAPL
— Ruth Hopkins (@RuthHHopkins) December 4, 2016