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05 December 2016 - Standing Rock: Victory for Native Tribe as army denies pipeline permit

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Army Blocks Drilling of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline
Jack Healy and Nicholas Fandos (The New York Times, 04/12/2016)
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a major victory on Sunday in its battle to block an oil pipeline being built near its reservation when the Department of the Army announced that it would not allow the pipeline to be drilled under a dammed section of the Missouri River.
The Army said it would look for alternative routes for the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Construction of the route a half-mile from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation has become a global flash point for environmental and indigenous activism, drawing thousands of people out here to a sprawling prairie camp of tents, tepees and yurts.
“The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing,” Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s assistant secretary for civil works, said in a statement. The move could presage a lengthy environmental review that has the potential to block the pipeline’s construction for months or years.

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Army intervention

The Latest: Protesters cheer Army Corps’ decision
Associated Press (The Washington Post, 04/12/2016)
Hundreds of demonstrators near the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp broke into cheers and chanted “water is life” in the Lakota Sioux language as news spread that the federal government won’t grant an easement for the project in southern North Dakota.
Some in the crowd banged drums.
Miles Allard of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe said he was pleased by the decision but remained cautious, saying opponents of the pipeline “don’t know what Trump is going to do.”

'A win for all America'

Reprieve for Native Tribes as Army Denies Dakota Pipeline Permit
Daniel A. Medina and Chiara Sottile (NBC News, 04/12/2016)
The secretary of the Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday it turned down a permit for a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, in a victory for Native Americans and climate activists.
A celebration erupted at the main protest camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, where the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and others have been protesting against the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline for months.
However it may prove to be a short-lived victory because President-elect Donald Trump has said he supports the project and policy experts believe he could reverse the decision if he wanted to.
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Months of fighting

This Is What Victory Over The Dakota Access Pipeline At Standing Rock Looks Like
Kim Bellware and Damon Dahlen (The Huffington Post, 04/12/2016)
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their supporters celebrated a historic victory Sunday after federal authorities halted construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it had denied the final easement required for the $3.8 billion project to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The Army said it will now explore alternative routes pending an environmental impact study.
The 1,172-mile pipeline starts at the Bakken Formation in northwest North Dakota near the Canadian border and runs southeast to southern Illinois.
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"05 December 2016 - Standing Rock: Victory for Native Tribe as army denies pipeline permit", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2016. Consulté le 23/06/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/05-december-2016-standing-rock-victory-for-native-tribe-as-army-denies-pipeline-permit