US Tribe Wins Dakota Pipeline Case

US Tribe Wins Dakota Pipeline Case US Tribe Wins Dakota Pipeline Case

The Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri River, the army announced on Sunday, handing a major victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe after a months-long campaign against the pipeline. Assistant secretary for civil works, Jo-Ellen Darcy, announced the decision on Sunday, with the army saying it was based on “a need to explore alternate routes” for the crossing. “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 in a statement, the Guardian reported. While the news is a victory, Jan Hasselman, an attorney for the tribe, cautioned that the decision could be appealed. “They [Energy Transfer Partners] can sue and Trump can try to overturn,” Hasselman said. “But overturning it would be subject to close scrutiny by a reviewing court and we will be watching the new administration closely.” The announcement came just one day before the corps’ deadline for thousands of Native American and environmental to leave the sprawling encampment on the banks of the river.


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