After months of protesting, those against the Dakota Access Pipeline are met with disappointment but still fueled with an objection. The Trump Administration enforces the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
In September, the Obama administration had put a halt to construction of the pipeline which could threaten drinking water supplies for the Native Americans.
The pipeline construction began in 2016 and runs Southeastward for 1,134 miles. As of November 26, 2016, the controversial pipeline was reported to be 87% complete.
Trump assigned the Dakota Access Pipeline to be approved by the Army by signing a memorandum. He stated that the army was “to review and approve in an expedited manner”, reported by BBC News.
This pipeline would efficiently transport crude in a less expensive matter, rather than shipping barrels by train. Though this would benefit the market for oil companies, it diminishes the purity of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Native Americans argued that the pipelines would damage burial sites and contaminate the water. Furthermore, it is debated that the government did not ask for permission to began construction, a requirement under US law.
These allegations stirred protests to began near Standing Rock. As a result, nearly 700 people were arrested, according to law enforcement officials. Those protesting included hundreds of military veterans, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Democratic presidential primary contender Bernie Sanders, and even TV celebrities including Shailene Woodley and Mark Ruffalo.
Along with officers arresting protestors, they accused activists and journalists of criminal trespass, rioting and other felonies.
Though the decision is made to complete the pipeline, protests have been continuing and people have been speaking out against the pipeline. The Army has disregarded the environmental impact assessment and a public comment period associated with it.
Furthermore, the director of the Indigenous Environmental Network released a statement confirming a fight against the Army’s decision. “The granting of an easement, without any environmental review or tribal consultation, is not the end of this fight — it is the new beginning,” stated by NPR.
“Expect mass resistance far beyond what Trump has seen so far. … Our tribal nations and Indigenous grassroots peoples on the front lines have had no input on this process.”