Dakota Access Pipeline to be Rerouted
Sunday afternoon, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would not approve Dakota Access Pipeline construction permits. The site, beneath a section of the Missouri River, has been at the center of protests by Standing Rock Sioux and other Indian tribes across the nation since April. Protesters claim the proposed path of the pipeline sat near sacred burial sites and would have immense impacts on their drinking water supply. Protests have intensified exponentially since September, with camped out protesters being sprayed with water cannons and pepper spray, as well as bitten by dogs. Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, said Sunday, "the best way to complete that work [between the Sioux and the government] responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing." For more information click here and here.