Obama Denies DAPL Pipeline Permit, Sending Message to Trump‚Äôs Resistance
The standoff in North Dakota between Native Americans, environmentalists and US veterans has come to a halt for now based on news from the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE).
The seven month protest initiated by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against DAPL, the oil corporation attempting to build a portion of a pipeline across Native American land has ended with the denial of an easement for that construction necessary to complete the project.
Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary for civil works with the ACE told the press: ‚ÄúWe have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it‚Äôs clear that there‚Äôs more work to do. ‚ÄúThe best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.‚ÄĚ
The DAPL pipeline is expected to undergo an ‚Äúenvironmental impact statement‚ÄĚ which could drag the project out for several months; pushing the completion of the pipeline beyond the end of President Obama‚Äôs term in office.
Protesters of the pipeline had vowed to remain at their camp beyond the December 5th evacuation notice given to them by North Dakota Governor Jack Dalyrimple via executive order .
Dalyrimple demanded a ‚Äúmandatory evacuation of all persons‚ÄĚ from the site of the DAPL protests near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
During this time Veterans for Standing Rock (VSR) pledged to provide support to the protesters via ‚Äúhuman shields‚ÄĚ if necessary to combat the ACE and Dalyrimple.
The ACE told the protesters that they would close down their camp on December 5th because of inclimate weather and freezing condition expected during the winter season. However that threat was quickly walked back after public outcry and the ACE clarified that they did not intend to forcibly remove the protesters and was ‚Äúseeking a peaceful and orderly transition to a safer location.‚ÄĚ
This news was met with skepticism from the protesters because just a few days prior the Morton County Sheriff‚Äôs department sprayed 400 protesters with water cannons in sub-zero temperatures. During the altercation 167 protesters were injured resulting in 7 needing hospitalization, and one woman losing part of her arm after being struck with a rubber ball, considered a ‚Äúless-lethal‚ÄĚ weapon.
President elect Donald Trump has invested over $1 million in DAPL and currently owns stock in the $3.8 billion project.
According to Trump‚Äôs financial disclosure, he owns between $15,000 and $50,000 in stock in Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). Prior to 2016, Trump had as much as $500,000 to a million invested. In total the president elect holds one-quarter share in DAPL.