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Download file (114) Download file (113) Download file (111) ETPlawsuit statement final. 09.14.16 DAPL Press Release Demand, Answers. Army Corps backs restraining order against Dakota Access Pipeline. Obama Says Army Corps Is Considering Rerouting Dakota Access Pipeline. President Obama says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering rerouting the Dakota Access Pipeline to address Native American concerns. In North Dakota, protesters and police clashed again today over construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe says this oil pipeline would cross sacred land and could leak and contaminate natural resources.

NPR's Jeff Brady joins us now from Bismarck. JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: Hey. SHAPIRO: Catch us up on the latest. BRADY: So this morning, a group of protesters - they started building a wood pedestrian bridge across a creek. And police used a boat to pull that bridge apart. SHAPIRO: President Obama gave an interview this week about the situation. BRADY: He did give an interview. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: My view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans. SHAPIRO: And how have the people you've been talking to there in North Dakota responded to President Obama's remarks about this? Betraying Water Protectors, Obama Set to Approve Dakota Access Pipeline. UPDATE: The Obama administration said late Friday afternoon that no decision has been made on the disputed easement for the Dakota Access pipeline. Even as water protectors continued to face off against police on Friday in North Dakota, news outlets reported that the Obama administration is set to approve the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) as early as Monday.

Citing "two sources familiar with the timing," Politico said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could approve a disputed easement within days, which would allow pipeline construction—on hold since September—to continue across the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux's reservation. The Standing Rock tribe is vehemently opposed to the project, saying it threatens water supplies and sacred sites. Amid such opposition, Politico reported, "the prospect of a Monday announcement is raising concerns that nationwide protests planned for Tuesday could turn uncivil. " Now, it seems he won't even have to wait that long. Sen. Hoeven, ND Stockmen's Association Vice President call on Obama Administration, Corps to issue final easement for DAPL. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator John Hoeven and Julie Ellingson, Executive Vice President of North Dakota Stockmen's Association met with the the Secretary of the Interior and top Corps officials Wednesday in D.C.

Hoeven and Ellingson urged officials to approve the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline. "We appreciate the opportunity to have a face-to-face conversation with decision makers about the severe situations that impact farmers and ranchers in the heart of federal land. Cases of vandalism and trespassing are everyday occurrences that are impacting farming and ranching communities. We're hopeful the federal agencies acknowledge the severity of the situation and that their inaction leaves farmers, ranchers and their property in a compromised and sometimes dangerous position," says Ellingson. “Everyone’s first priority must be public safety. ND's congressional delegation chimes in with their opinions of DAPL protest. BISMARCK, ND - After last week’s Dakota Access Pipeline protests, many were left with questions about if this situation would ever come to an end.

The state's representatives in D.C. echoed those sentiments. U.S. Senator John Hoeven and Representative Kevin Cramer were clear about one thing - they want to see a conclusion to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Another explosive conflict between protesters and law enforcement started Thursday and continued over the weekend. With close to 150 protesters arrested, many were left asking when this conflict will end. North Dakota's political leaders in Washington say they want to see it happen soon. "It's about law enforcement, it's about keeping people safe, and we need to get the situation resolved," Sen. Congressman Kevin Cramer says federal agencies are at fault. "The federal government shirked its responsibilities when it withdrew a permit they'd already legally provided and created chaos in that decision," says Cramer, R-N.D. Breaking: Dakota Access Pipeline Approved.

Despite the strong opposition of several tribes, the Army Corps of Engineers has approved nearly all permits to build the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Construction has already begun in all four states along its path. RELATED: Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Begins Despite Standing Rock Sioux Objections “We are saddened to hear of this permit approval but knew the writing was on the wall,” the Indigenous Environmental Network said in a statement.

“The Corps has a long history of going against the wishes and health of tribal nations.” The $3.78 billion, 1,172-mile-long pipeline proposed by the company Energy Transfer Partners, is also known as the Bakken pipeline, since that is the type of crude that would be transported through it. The battle to stop the project began months ago, when word of its potential construction began to spread. Activists and individual landowners who did not want the pipeline crossing their land immediately began to resist. Dakota Access Pipeline: Three Federal Agencies Side With Standing Rock Sioux, Demand Review. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation have stepped into the public fray over the $3.78 billion, 1,172-mile-long Dakota Access Pipeline that conglomerate Energy Transfer wants to run through four states.

The agencies each weighed in during March and early April with separate letters exhorting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is about to make a decision about the pipeline, to conduct a formal Environmental Impact Assessment and issue an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Each of them cited potential effects on and lack of consultation with tribes, most notably the Standing Rock Sioux.

The EPA recommended that the Army Corps revise its Environmental Assessment and open up a second public comment period. The Interior Department expressed similar concerns in its letter. President Obama speaks out about Dakota Access Pipeline, protest. COLUMBUS, OH - President Obama spoke out about the Dakota Access Pipeline during an interview with NowThis News in Columbus, Ohio Tuesday night.

The president says they are examining ways to reroute the pipeline. Obama said: "I think that right now the Army Corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline, so we're going to let it play out for several more weeks and determine whether or not this can be resolved in a way that I think is properly attentive to the traditions of the First Americans.

" When asked about the way protesters have been dealt with, Obama stated, "There's an obligation for protesters to be peaceful and there's an obligation for authorities to show restraint. " Statements in response to President Obama’s comments on Dakota Access Pipeline: Statement from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II: "We applaud President Obama’s commitment to protect our sacred lands, our water, and the water of 17 million others.

Attorney says DAPL land purchase violates anti-corporate farming law. Bismarck attorney Sarah Vogel, former head of the Agriculture Department, says the anti-corporate farming law forbids corporate farm and ranch land ownership with only very narrow exceptions. She said it’s not clear why Dakota Access needs to own the land when it already has a 150-foot pipeline easement. The anti-corporate farming law allows corporations to own land necessary for residential, commercial or industrial development, but Vogel said the ownership of 6,000 acres falls far beyond the scope of a narrow path for a pipeline to which it already has access. “That’s sketchy,” she said. The deed transfer from David and Brenda Meyer was recorded Thursday in the Morton County registrar’s office, which by law has 30 days to report corporate land purchases to the Attorney General’s office, according to the Century Code. The code says if the attorney general finds a violation, he’s required to commence action in district court, leading to a forced sale and possible fines.

Dakota Access Pipeline Builder Ignored Obama Admin Request to Halt Construction. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has confirmed to DeSmog that Energy Transfer Partners, the owner of the proposed Dakota Access pipeline, has ignored the Obama administration's September 9 request to voluntarily halt construction in a disputed area, 20 miles east and west of Lake Oahe and the Missouri River. The confirmation came in the aftermath of a video published by drone pilot Shiyé Bidziil on the news website Indian Country Today titled, “Drone Footage of Dakota Access Pipeline Approaching Missouri River.” Published November 2, this video offers an airborne view of pipeline construction — coupled with heavily guarded concrete fortresses around key construction locales — in close proximity to the Missouri River.

Drone Footage of Dakota Access Pipeline Approaching Missouri River from Paulette Moore on Vimeo. “Therefore, construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time. Which DeSmog did. No-Fly Zone “Everyone Feels Broken” Dakota Access Pipeline battle also playing out in court. While protests against the $3.8 billion oil pipeline project draw people from around the country, the Standing Rock Sioux and developers of the Dakota Access Pipeline are also clashing in court. Here are the key legal issues. While protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline garner public attention, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is also trying to block the $3.8 billion project in the courtroom. In court filings this summer the tribe asserted it was never adequately consulted about the oil pipeline planned by Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas, Texas.

Rerouted from the company’s original chosen path north of the capital city of Bismarck, N.D., in part to protect municipal wells, the current route sends the pipeline under the Missouri River a half-mile north of the border of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The route is just upstream from the tribe’s drinking-water intake. Pipeline construction so far has been permitted in a fast-track fashion by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. CENSORED NEWS: US Appeals Court denies injunction to halt DAPL construction. U.S. Court of Appeals denies injunction that would have halted construction during appeal process Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will continue fight against pipeline despite court setback CANNON BALL, North Dakota — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

The decision comes as the Tribe is pursuing an appeal to stop construction while the rest of the case proceeds in U.S. District Court. “The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is not backing down from this fight,” said Dave Archambault II, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The 1,168-mile pipeline crosses through the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s ancestral lands and within a half mile of the reservation boundary. In its ruling, a panel of U.S. “The federal government recognizes what is at stake and has asked DAPL to halt construction,” said Archambault. The Indigenous Environmental Network Responds to U.S. Court of Appeals Injunction Denial to Halt DAPL Construction within 20 Miles of Missouri River.

Court Rejects Dakota Access Injunction, But Standing Rock Sioux Vow 'This is Not The End' A U.S. federal court of appeals ruled against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe late Sunday evening and denied its request for an emergency injunction against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. "This fight is far from over. "—Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network "The ruling allows Energy Transfer Partners—the Dallas-based company funding the project—to move forward with construction of the pipeline on all privately owned land up to the Missouri River," NBC notes. Construction was temporarily halted in late August while the case was considered by the court. The ruling was handed down the evening before Columbus Day, which celebrates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas—an event that heralded centuries of genocide, many Indigenous people have argued.

A growing movement seeks to instate the holiday Indigenous Peoples' Day in its stead.