Trump admin rams through DAPL pipeline approval shockingly fast

  • Published on February 8th, 2017

With the announcement that the Trump administration is cutting through all the normal procedures and approving the DAPL pipeline, construction could resume tomorrow.

By Jeremy Bloom

From Indigenous Rising:

Today, the Department of Army send a notice of intent to grant the final easement to Dakota Access pipeline to cross Lake Oahe, also known as the Missouri River.

The letter also states the Department of Army has waived its policy to wait 14 days after Congressional notification before granting an easement. It states an actual easement will be granted no sooner than 24 hours of the letter’s delivery.

This is… not unexpected, but again it is shocking how fast the Trump administration is moving on this, and how little they care about any of the niceties and legalities. Once again, it’s “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”

Months of protests by Native Americans who don’t want the a potentially-leaky pipeline crossing the river that supplies their reservation with drinking water had left the project at the very least waiting for an environmental impact assessment. But that’s over. The Army Corps of Engineers simply dropped it. Like a rock. Which, as Brad Johnson of ClimateHawksVote.com notes, is both a violation of norms, and means that (unless there’s an injunction), construction could start tomorrow.

From Indigenous Environmental Network:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 7, 2017

Contact:

Jade Begay, ienearth.org505-699-4791

Nina Smith, megaphonestrategies.com301-717-9006

Indigenous Environmental Network: Trump Can’t Build DAPL Without a Fight

Cannon Ball, ND — Today the Army Corps of Engineers notified Congress that it will grant an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline in the next 24 hours, trampling a planned environmental and tribal consultation review process.

Statement from Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network:

“Donald Trump will not build his Dakota Access Pipeline without a fight. The granting of an easement, without any environmental review or tribal consultation, is not the end of this fight — it is the new beginning. Expect mass resistance far beyond what Trump has seen so far.

“The granting of this easement goes against protocol, it goes against legal process, it disregards more than 100,000 comments already submitted as part of the not-yet-completed environmental review process — all for the sake of Donald Trump’s billionaire big oil cronies. And, it goes against the treaty rights of the entire Seven Councils Fires of the Sioux Nations.

“Donald Trump has not met with a single Native Nation since taking office. Our tribal nations and Indigenous grassroots peoples on the frontlines have had no input on this process. We support the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and stand with them at this troubling time.”

See the letter to Congress on the easement here: indigenousrising.org/…





About the Author

Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.