Army Corps of Engineers Denies Dakota Access Pipeline Route

December 4th, 2016

Via: NBC:

The secretary of the Army Corps of Engineers told Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II Sunday that the current route for the controversial Dakota Access pipeline will be denied.

Archambaut told NBC News after he heard the decision that he was “thankful that there were some leaders in the federal government that realized that something is not right even though it’s legal.”

“This is something that will go down in history and I know that it’s a blessing for all indigenous peoples,” he said.

The Army Corps of Engineers later released a statement saying they will not approve the easement that would have allowed the proposed pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe, a large reservoir on the Missouri River in North Dakota.

“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,” the Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy said in the statement Sunday. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”

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