Easement imminent for final leg of Dakota Access pipeline

Posted February 02, 2017

After months of protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, activists left so much waste at their camp state, officials have ordered it be cleaned up to prevent an "environmental disaster".

Three of those people join us to talk about their reasons for going to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and how the lessons of that resistance resonate in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

The statement did not indicate whether or not the easement has been already issued which would allow Energy Transfer Partners to resume the construction of the pipeline.

Correction: A previous version of this post's headline stated that the easement for the pipeline has been granted.

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The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued a statement shortly after the announcement, saying it was "ready to fight this battle against corporate interest superseding government procedure and the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans".

In a statement obtained by the network, Hoeven said that acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer had "directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access pipeline", and that Congressional notification was "imminent".

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other protesters at the Sacred Stone Camp say the plan "threatens everything from farming and drinking water to entire ecosystems, wildlife and food sources surrounding the Missouri" as well as crossing sacred sites. The North Dakota Republican said he spoke with Speer as well as Vice President Mike Pence.

"These initial steps do not mean the easement has been approved", Frost said.

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The Corps said in early December it wouldn't grant the easement and instead would conduct an environmental review while it looked for alternative pipeline routes. In fact, when the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued the Army Corps of Engineers over this project, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia decided that the tribe "has not shown it will suffer injury" as a result of the pipeline's construction and denied their claim. National environmental groups joined the fray soon after, bringing the issue to global attention. Furthermore, the Army Corps lacks statutory authority to simply stop the preparation of the EIS and issue the easement.

"The corps and the Army are continuing to make decisions under the order", attorney Matthew Marinelli told Judge James Boasberg during a hearing on Monday, according to the Hill.

The latest flare-up occurred last month when the Morton County Sheriff's Department used foam rubber bullets, pepper spray and smoke canisters to disperse protesters.

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