As I’m sure you all have heard, the Dakota Access Pipeline is back on the menu thanks to one of Trump’s many executive orders and presidential memoranda. This pipeline was heavily protested at the end of Obama’s final term, leading to the pipeline being cancelled. Even then, however, coverage of the protests was essentially not existent on major news sources. And as we resume this media blackout, construction of the pipeline has resumed as of last Thursday.
It’s not just construction resuming that we’re not being told about, so here’s more information. Construction has started back up due to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers giving Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) the final easement they needed. They have this easement directly because of Trump’s memorandum. After the green light was given to ETP to build the pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes took the new decision to court, stating that the Environmental Impact Statement was wrongfully terminated. On Monday, this request was rejected by a Judge James Boasberg, a federal judge.
We now take a break to allow for your daily dose of stupid, courtesy of Judge James Boasberg: “as long as oil isn’t flowing through the pipeline, there is no imminent harm to the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes”. Except by putting a pipeline through sacred ground, oh and the existence of the pipeline means that oil is imminent.
Fortunately, army veterans are back at Standing Rock to help the water protectors. They are ready to stand with the protectors against the militarized police force that is attempting to force the Indigenous peoples off of their own land- they are there as a human barrier. The veterans group, Veterans Stand, have also raised $220,000 dollars to help.
For more information on what’s going on, here are the articles I used: