Native Americans march on White House over Dakota pipeline
- Author: Anthony Vega Mar 11, 2017,
Mar 11, 2017, 0:11
The $3.7 billion project, which runs for 1,400 miles (1,900 kilometers) through four US states, is nearly complete. "When Exxon runs our foreign policy, that should tell us a lot about the intent of this administration".
Public opposition to the pipeline drew thousands of people to the North Dakota plains past year, including high-profile political and celebrity supporters, along with veterans' groups upset by the use of force by law enforcement.
"It is simply unacceptable that the government is allowing Energy Transfer Partners to build this pipeline through our sacred lands".
US District Judge James Boasberg dismissed the tribe's arguments on Tuesday.
Opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline have vowed to keep up protests against pipelines.
Attorneys representing the tribes say they haven't decided how they will proceed after this week's ruling.
They argue that because an environmental impact statement was never completed, the easement is illegal.
The debate on whether the construction of the Dakota Access pipelines endangers the environment and habitat of the American tribe had been going on since last summer.
Among the speakers at Friday's rally were Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who traveled to North Dakota in December amid growing protests that saw people camped out in freezing temperatures. The bigger legal battle is ahead. The pipeline goes under the Missouri River where the tribes have water rights, but not the reservations.
The tribes and a number of environmental groups oppose the pipeline under construction by Energy Transfer Partners, in part, because they say it could pose a threat to their drinking water supply. But what's key, for now, is that the pipeline construction won't be halted, and hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil could start moving before these issues are finally settled.
The Board of Supervisors will debate later this month whether the city should consider a financial institution's connections to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project when it is making investment decisions. The Army Corps of Engineers agreed February 8 to grant the final easement for the Dakota pipeline to pass under Lake Oahe.
Members of American Indian tribes, indigenous communities and their supporters are demonstrating today in Washington, D.C., calling on the Trump administration to meet with tribal leaders and protesting the construction of the almost complete Dakota Access Pipeline.