On Sunday, December 2, 2016, the Obama administration delivered on a promise President Obama had made to the Standing Rock Sioux and other assembled tribes years ago to respect their rights and be on their side when it really matters. It came in the form of a statement by the US Army Corps of Engineers that they would not approve the final permit needed for the Dakota Access Pipeline to be built underneath Lake Oahe, thereby blocking the route near the Standing Rock Reservation.
Read more and see video about the decision in the NY Times HERE.
|Water Protectors celebrate the Army Corps of Engineers decision at Oceti Sakowin Camp|
For now, this was a tremendous victory for the Standing Rock Water Protectors, the US Vets joining them in recent days, and their supporters around the world. However, with the Trump administration likely soon coming into power, the possibility that the Obama administration's decision may soon be reversed is a real threat. And in fact, in a response to the decision, Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, companies running the pipeline project issued a statement that said, among other things: "As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way." You can read their full statement HERE.