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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

STANDING ROCK SIOUX GET COURT TO TEMPORARILY HALT CONSTRUCTION



During the first week of September 2016 the banks of Missouri River looked like Selma in the 1960s. Near the Dakota Access Pipe Line construction that's being protested by Native Americans, hired security guards brought snarling dogs and mace to stop the peaceful protests.

Several protesters, including at least one child, were bitten and maced.








BACKGROUND:
On July 25, the Army Corps granted authorization for the pipeline to cross the Missouri River and Lake Oahe [which is a source of drinking water only  a few miles upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux's Reservation. Developers] hoped to open the pipeline sometime later this year. It would transport some 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day—roughly half of the Bakken daily oil production—on treaty lands a half-mile from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation



The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe objected. The pipeline route threatens the tribe’s drinking water and would disturb sacred and cultural sites, and so the tribal government has opposed the project since 2014.
A couple hundred tribal members went to the construction site on Aug. 12 with a vow to stop the pipeline. And to make that point clear, Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault chose to be arrested after crossing into the construction zone. Since that day, hundreds of Native Americans and allies from across the country have been camped near the Missouri River to join the protest.


NOW AND PROJECTING THE FUTURE

For now, construction has ceased while a court hears the tribe’s suit against the Army Corps for failing to comply with environmental and historic preservation laws.
The tribe makes a strong case based on its treaty and U.S. policy. But no matter what happens in court, there are three reasons the tribe and its allies can stop this pipeline.

By the way, this same pipleline is projected to pass just 6 miles below the Mississippi river too, only a little further on down the road. I don't know how deep all the other pipelines passed below major water ways. But this sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Pipes always leak at some point, don't they?