Letter to the Editor

Stopping the pipeline

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Today, several key federal agencies stepped in to temporarily halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in key areas that threaten water and Tribal sacred sites. The Department of Interior, Department of Justice and Army Corps of Engineers now all realize that the proper consultation was never done with Tribes, and that a water risk analysis still must be done.

The Dept. of Justice and other agencies stepped forward last March with strong language encouraging the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement for this pipeline. It's very encouraging to see them step forward again, and we hope this marks a turning point in how our federal government consults with Tribal Nations, and with the farmers and landowners whose livelihoods are threatened by these massive fossil-fuel infrastructure projects.

Our government stood up for the people. The only reason this action was taken to halt construction was people power.