something to honk about
Breaking News: Army Corps of Engineers will not grant easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing click on headline to read the full story.
Jo-Ellen Darcy, Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works,
“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Darcy said. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.” Darcy said that the consideration of alternative routes would be best accomplished through an Environmental Impact Statement with full public input and analysis.
Another article I read stated the pipeline project would be subject to a “limited Environmental Impact Statement”.
An EIS should have been legally required for the Dakota Access Pipeline from the beginning, considering the scope and potential impacts. This decision by the Army Corps of Engineers concedes that is the case.
My prayers and gratitude go out to all the people who stood in strength and solidarity defending Native rights and the environment at Standing Rock/Oceti Sakowin.
Updated to add: That doesn’t mean everyone at Oceti Sakowin can go home now. Dakota Access Pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners may still drill and pay fines for doing so. Some urge to stay vigilant and continue the stand. READ MORE here: Warrior Publications blog:Some quick responses to US Army Corps of Engineers halting DAPL construction