U.S. army told to pave way for disputed Dakota pipeline

The easement will allow the project to cross beneath the Missouri River. The controversial project, which is meant to bring oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region to IL, runs adjacent to the Standing Rock reservation in the southern part of North Dakota.

"For months, North Dakotans have been on edge over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the protests surrounding it, and for months they have faced uncertainty and delays on the ultimate fate of the project, while constant disruptions took a toll on the sense of safety and security of communities near the construction", she said.

The acting secretary of the US Army has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement required to build the Dakota Access Pipeline, a North Dakota senator confirmed Tuesday evening, despite intense protests opposed to the project.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe called Tuesday's announcement "disappointing", while noting that it is "not a formal issuance of the easement" but rather "a notification that the easement is imminent".

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., says the acting secretary of the army has directed the Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"The Assistant Secretary for the Army Civil Works will make a decision on the easement once a full review and analysis is completed in accordance with the directive", he said.

If the EIS is abandoned, this would mean that the change is based on "personal views and, potentially, personal investments" of Donald Trump, the statement said.

Rather ironically, the waste generated by protesters posed its own threat to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's drinking water, Reuters reported.

Most of the pipeline is completed, save for a section that would run under the state's Lake Oahe.

Those involved said it was not an effort to destroy the camp, which sits on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land, but a move to prevent waste contaminating water sources.

The Vermont Democratic Party fully supports the Standing Rock Sioux Nation's heritage and their work in North Dakota.

The Standing Rock Sioux issued a statement late Tuesday saying the tribe would "vigorously pursue legal action" if the easement has been granted already.

The highly-disputed, almost $4 billion project is funded by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, and following litigation and increasingly volatile protests, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the easement necessary to complete to pipeline at the end of 2016.

 

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