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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Rejects DAPL Environmental Impact Statement

The Dakota Access Pipeline was the impetus for the resistance at Standing Rock that lasted from April 2016 to March 2017 where tens of thousands of tribal citizens from all over Indian Country and environmentalists protested. The pipeline was built through the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s unceded treaty lands, less than a half mile upstream of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and beneath the Missouri River. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) Chairwoman Janet Alkire said the draft EIS should be invalidated and the Corps should “start from scratch” a new environmental review. The tribe is opposed to the firm that the Corps hired to conduct the environmental review that has strong ties to the American Petroleum industry.

DAPL Saboteur Jessica Reznicek Sentenced To Eight Years

DAPL was opposed by massive protests in 2016 and 2017, due to the project’s threat to the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, as well as the global climate due to increasing fossil fuel emissions from fracked Bakken Shale oil transported by the pipeline. The pipeline route runs just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation and crosses areas designated as Treaty Lands under the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. In a statement, Reznicek and Montoya described learning how to better damage pipeline work sites as they refined their techniques through repeatedly burning pipe segments and construction machinery with oxy-acetylene cutting torches, tires, gasoline-soaked rags, and motor oil. Leaked documents show that Reznicek and Montoya had been targeted for surveillance by the pipeline security mercenary firm Tigerswan.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Prevails As Federal Judge Strikes Down DAPL Permits

Washington, D.C. —A federal court today granted a request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to strike down federal permits for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The Court found the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act when it affirmed federal permits for the pipeline originally issued in 2016. Specifically, the Court found significant unresolved concerns about the potential impacts of oil spills and the likelihood that one could take place. For example, the Court criticized the Corps for failing to address the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s expert criticism of its analysis, citing issues like potential worst case discharge, the difficulty of detecting slow leaks, and responding to spills in winter. Similarly, the Court observed that DAPL’s parent company’s abysmal safety record “does not inspire confidence,” finding that it should have been considered more closely.

‘This Illegal And Dangerous Pipeline Must Be Shut Down’: Standing Rock Sioux Renew The Fight Against The DAPL

The media may have forgotten the ferocious battle the Standing Rock water protectors fought against the Dakota Access Pipeline but that doesn’t mean that the fight is over. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is continuing their battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline – a battle which has been raging since 2016 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deemed that the pipeline route would not affect any historic properties without cooperating with Standing Rock tribal leaders.

South Dakota Rushes To Outlaw Protests Against Oil Pipeline

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) plans to thwart demonstrations reminiscent of the Standing Rock protests in her home state by criminalizing protesters of the multibillion-dollar TransCanada’s XL Keystone oil pipeline. The Republican-dominated South Dakota legislature rushed through two bills that would chill protest and protect the pipeline business amid intense opposition. Native activists and legal experts say the legislation violates the First Amendment and would not hold up in court.
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