Standing Rock NoDAPL: Celebrations Wont Last & Here’s Why

Submitted by: lalapancakes 4 months ago News & Politics

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The bittersweet Standing Rock victory, last week is going to most likely not stay so sweet. The Army Corps of Engineers put another stop down on the building of the North Dakota Access Pipeline but this would be the third order, on top of two others, Energy Transfer Partners/Sunoco have blatantly ignored.

The energy company received the Army Corps refusal to allow ETP to dig through native lands for the oil pipe but the company wrote a cocky letter back that reads like a fox waiting outside of the chicken coop. ETP/Sunoco knows Trump is around the corner by what they wrote…
 

“The White House’s directive today to the Corps for further delay is just the latest in a series of overt and transparent political actions by an administration which has abandoned the rule of law in favor of currying favor with a narrow and extreme political constituency.
As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.”
 

And it’s truly a no brainer as to what is going to happen after January 2017 considering the investments the president elect has in the ETP/Sunoco, the outright disdain his cabinet has for Native lands, and if anything else - Trump’s own absolute admission of disdain for Native’s (see below) - the fight at Standing Rock is only going through a reprieve



Something the media never took interest in during the campaign was Trump’s absolute scorn for Native American nations. Here he is running hidden attack ads and railing against sovereign nation’s rights to run casinos on their own land while not having to pay taxes to the United States government based on blood tests and “look tests…”




 

 


But hey, at least maybe we can leave this post on a high note with the Austin Environmental Justice Team’s building of an unwanted pipeline in the hallways of Energy Transfer Partners’s offices. Right outside the VP of Government Affair’s office.
 

“The pipeline was for the ETP VP of Government Affairs, Grant Ruckel. It reads, ‘Grant, you can still choose to stand on the side that supports life or you can continue to reap the heavy consequences of supporting an industrial complex of death and destruction. Future generations, especially your childrens, may still one day look back and thank you for having the courage to join the side that supports life. You have a chioce.’”
 

 
And maybe also with a peaceful rallying call by the Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II.
There are 7 comments:
Male 252
Look. Yes the forces of the establishment are bearing down on us with DAPL, but what's been the most decisive and consistent force all along has been the water protectors.  Did anyone honestly believe we'd all mobilize and force Obama's hand like we did?  I certainly didn't when I got involved; but now all that has changed with all of us coming together for a common cause.  Will it be easy down the road? Hell no.  But to discount our efforts out of hand and get scared because power opposes us is not only counter productive...it's cowardly.
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Male 37,273
Linking idiotic protestors and anti-Trump bullshit? *sigh* That totally redeems Obama's immoral role in this fiasco...
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Male 252
"Idiotic protestors?" Please enlighten me on how that claim holds water. 
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Female 4,086
why don't they route it through the place they picked originally? i've never been real clear on that point.....
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Male 4,029
Even more ironic was the whole reason this pipeline was being built was to reduce the risk to the environment. Although when pipelines burst they create a media storm, they are still statistically the safest form of transport for oil and gas, similar to air travel and plane crashes. Some more irony is that the water intake serving the Standing Rock tribes was already slated to be switched to Mobridge, South Dakota, nearly 50 miles south of the current water intake and about 70 miles south of the planned Dakota Access river crossing before the pipeline is to be completed, although it is not related. It's even more ironic when you realize that Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes in the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation are hoping this pipeline will be a success as it means more jobs for them and safer and cheaper transport for the oil produce by the 1,400 different oil wells on their reservation.
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Male 4,029
The original routing was chosen so that it didn't come close to any tribal reservations even at the cost of millions of dollars and an extra 10 miles of pipeline. The company Dakota Access, LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners L.P., changed the routing of the pipeline when the Army Corps of Engineers did an environmental assessment of the route and found it came too close to a wellhead source, it would have to cross over more high traffic roads, several wetlands, and several “high consequence areas” or areas that would have the most significant adverse consequences in the event of a pipeline spill. Other reasons include that it would have been forced to come within 500 feet of homes which is against the law in North Dakota. Based on this the Army Corps of Engineer informed the North Dakota Public Service Commission to deny the permit to build there. Energy Transfer Partners had to then rely on their back up plan in which the pipeline would be rerouted to follow the Northern Border Pipeline which was built in 1983 and has already been deemed safe, is not on tribal land, and all of the land owners there signed voluntary easements for the pipeline to be built. Ironically the Northern Border Pipeline just happens to also cross the same spot where the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is now attempting to “protect the water,” although I'm not sure they are aware of that fact. It also isn't the only one there either 7 other gas and oil pipelines cross the river just up stream from the site.
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Even more ironic was the whole reason this pipeline was being built was to reduce the risk to the environment. Although when pipelines burst they create a media storm, they are still statistically the safest form of transport for oil and gas, similar to air travel and plane crashes. Some more irony is that the water intake serving the Standing Rock tribes was already slated to be switched to Mobridge, South Dakota, nearly 50 miles south of the current water intake and about 70 miles south of the planned Dakota Access river crossing before the pipeline is to be completed, although it is not related. It's even more ironic when you realize that Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes in the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation are hoping this pipeline will be a success as it means more jobs for them and safer and cheaper transport for the oil produce by the 1,400 different oil wells on their reservation.
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