The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in a statement on Monday, Nov. 14 that additional discussion and analysis with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is warranted, over the possible re-route of the Dakota Access pipeline near Lake Oahe in North Dakota.
The Army Corps stated that it will not grant the final easement needed by Dakota Access to bore under Lake Oahe until its new consultation with Standing Rock is complete.
“The Army will work with the Tribe on a timeline that allows for robust discussion and analysis to be completed expeditiously,” the Army Corps wrote in its statement.
“We are encouraged and know that the peaceful prayer and demonstration at Standing Rock have powerfully brought to light the unjust narrative suffered by tribal nations and Native Americans across the country,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman Dave Archambault II. “Together we can inspire people across America and the globe to honor each other and the Earth we hold sacred. Millions of people have literally and spiritually stood with us at Standing Rock. And for this, you have our deepest thanks and gratitude. The harmful and dehumanizing tactics by the state of North Dakota and corporate bullies did not go unnoticed because of you. Not all of our prayers were answered, but this time, they were heard.”
Bold Alliance president Jane Kleeb added: “President Obama deeply understands the risks that pipelines like Dakota Access pose to the land and water. Pipeline fighters continue to hold the line with our Native allies and farmers who know no amount of safety conditions make an unnecessary pipeline acceptable.”