Army Corps wants more study on Dakota Access oil pipeline

  • Army Corps wants more study on Dakota Access oil pipeline

Army Corps wants more study on Dakota Access oil pipeline

"The Army has determined that additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation's dispossessions of lands, the importance of Lake Oahe to the Tribe, our government-to-government relationship, and the statute governing easements through government property", the Army Corps said in a statement. Protests against its construction have been ongoing for months.

Financial disclosure forms filed by the real estate tycoon in May of 2015 show he invested in Energy Transfer Partners, the company responsible for constructing the DAPL. Those against fear any malfunction of the pipeline could poison the water in the Missouri River. The oil pipeline was originally routed through Bismarck, North Dakota-a city that is over 90 percent white-but was rerouted through sacred Sioux land when Bismarck residents complained that it might contaminate their drinking water. ETP contends that the Corps has no legal justification for the delay.

Protests were reported across the country, from California to Vermont.

Officers in riot gear responded.

"Dakota Access has been waiting long enough to complete this pipeline", the company's CEO, Kelcy Warren, said Tuesday.

Hundreds of protestors are rallying against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Civic Center this morning.

"As militarized police from more than half a dozen states and Energy Transfer Partners continue to terrorize peaceful water protectors on unceded Native land in North Dakota, groups and individuals across the USA and overseas will be targeting the entities responsible for these unconscionable acts of state and corporate violence", organizers said in a prepared statement.

The US Army Corps of Engineers may hope that planned discussions with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe will help bridge the growing divide between the two sides.

Young posted a Facebook video showing him strumming his guitar and playing the harmonica as he meandered through the camp where thousands of "water protectors" are staying just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II said the news of the federal authorities' decision to delay its ruling implied his people were being heard.

An industry group supporting the pipeline criticized the Corps' decision. Dakota Pipeline protesters stand arm-in-arm in front of the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., before marching downtown to the William L. Guy Federal Building, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. Army spokeswoman Moira Kelley would not elaborate to The Associated Press on whether a decision would be done by the time President Barack Obama leaves office. Activists were also calling for demonstrations at Army Corps of Engineers offices and the offices of the banks financing the pipeline construction.