The US Army Corps of Engineers said that said they would allow the DAPL Dakota Access Pipeline to build a pipeline under Lake Oahe (Missouri River) — by cancelling an environmental review and giving the oil company, Energy Transfer Partners, the permit/easement that was denied in December by the Obama administration. (they recommend an environmental impact study and for alternate routes to be explored).
The pipeline project was stalled, but with President Trump’s executive order weeks ago that gave the green light for the construction of the DAPL and Keystone XL pipelines to advance, it appears the oil company is “back in business” with the approval to finish the pipeline.
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe said they would fight this in court — saying that this violated treaties the government made with the tribes to consider the welfare of the tribe when making decisions that affect them. They say the pipeline threatens the drinking water of their tribe and millions of others downstream. They have called for protests and for Water Protectors to stand up against this decision.
The oil company said they would start drilling under Lake Oahe as soon as they have the final approvals. Workers have already drilled entry and exit holes between the lake. The project is expected to take three months.
We’ll see what happens with the potential activism against the oil company. We might see another major standoff over there in North Dakota.