Massive cleanup underway at the Dakota Access protest campsite
Feb 08 2017
"Standing Rock Environmental Protection Agency and Dakota Sanitation are working together to try and advert an environmental tragedy", says Tom Doering, Morton County Emergency Manager.
For the first time, The Army Corps of Engineers has placed a timeline on when a decision will be released about an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Army said Tuesday that it will allow the pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, the final big chunk of work on the project.
After taking office, President Donald Trump signed executive actions that aimed to curb these type of reviews and sought to lift projects that were once stopped or delayed under former President Barack Obama.
The contested land is considered sacred by North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the pipeline would run under Lake Oahe, which is the primary source of water for the tribe.
Standing Rock Sioux officials say they want protesters to leave the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site, but they don't want protesters forcibly removed.
The Army Corps also told the court that it will no longer complete an intensive environmental impact statement on the pipeline, an action the Obama administration made a decision to take in December that would have delayed the project for potentially a year or more.
However, the partner company behind Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) has not helped their case. The mostly-constructed pipeline would run from North Dakota to southern IL. The tribe said the pipeline threatens its water supply.
Additional court battles are likely after the Army's decision. And in late 2016, after prodding by the Obama administration, the Army Corps announced that it would consider alternative routes for the pipeline - a process that would require a lengthy environmental review.
"Trump and his administration will be held accountable in court".