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
This is big-government decision-making at its worst. I look forward to putting this anti-energy presidency behind us. https://t.co/Qu0nFTmGZv— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) December 5, 2016
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…”
In 2000, Trump ran racist ads targeting Indian casinos, using a front group created by Roger Stone to hide his role.— Adam Khan (@Khanoisseur) December 5, 2016
Trump was fined $250K. pic.twitter.com/zWvRu3zOYi
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.