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Standing Rock Sioux Invited to Work With Army on Solution for Pipeline Conflict

[The following text is from an official press release by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.]

Statement Regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted 11/14/2016

Release no. 16-027

Moira Kelley (DOA), 703-614-3992,
Jessica Kershaw (DOI),

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Army informed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Energy Transfer Partners, and Dakota Access, LLC, that it has completed the review that it launched on September 9, 2016.  The Army has determined that additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation’s dispossessions of lands, the importance of Lake Oahe to the Tribe, our government-to-government relationship, and the statute governing easements through government property.

The Army invites the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to engage in discussion regarding potential conditions on an easement for the pipeline crossing that would reduce the risk of a spill or rupture, hasten detection and response to any possible spill, or otherwise enhance the protection of Lake Oahe and the Tribe’s water supplies.  The Army invites discussion of the risk of a spill in light of such conditions, and whether to grant an easement for the pipeline to cross Lake Oahe at the proposed location.  The Army continues to welcome any input that the Tribe believes is relevant to the proposed pipeline crossing or the granting of an easement.

While these discussions are ongoing, construction on or under Corps land bordering Lake Oahe cannot occur because the Army has not made a final decision on whether to grant an easement.  The Army will work with the Tribe on a timeline that allows for robust discussion and analysis to be completed expeditiously.

We fully support the rights of all Americans to assemble and speak freely, and urge everyone involved in protest or pipeline activities to adhere to the principles of nonviolence.

  • Jeff

    They’ve been trying to work with the developers since 2014!!!

    The only reason the ACE is willing to work with them now is they’re being delayed so much and too much light is being shone on this pipeline.

    Don’t think so? Well then… why did it take so long???

  • Donnie Sevilla

    Thank you Army Corps for recognizing the claims of the Great Sioux Nation. The conduct of law enforcement, public officials, pipeline consultants, contractors and others has been painful to witness.
    It does appear that business interests have acted to expedite the DAPL project absent consultation or acknowledgement of the risks to the sovereign residents of the area.
    It has been most shocking to read the reports.
    I sincerely hope we can all find a path to relieve the Great Sioux People of this assault on their way of life, but also that we may take another step forward to correcting the imbalance our society currently seems so dependent on, fossil fuel consumption.
    The Water Protectors are defending their home and traditions, owe nothing to to the pipeline that seeks to violate their peace and quality of life and are petitioners in an active litigation regarding the project.
    I stand with Standing Rock! Water is Life! Thank you all working to support the Protectors the Dakota People in their stand to protect the water we all are dependent on. Especially all U folk in the Midwest, Missouri River country, you are all dependent on the same resource.
    Let us all be allies to the folk there in North Dakota and by protecting their homes, be safer ourselves as well from interests larger than any individual or person.
    Keep the spirit,
    We are all Standing Rock

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