On Sunday, December 4, 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 its route near the Standing Rock Reservation. Read more and see video about the decision in the NY Times HERE, or by clicking on the picture.
For now, this was a tremendous victory for the Standing Rock Water Protectors, the US Vets joining them in recent days, and their supporters in the US and around the world.
However, with the Trump administration likely soon coming into power, the possibility that the Obama administration's decision will be reversed remains a 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.