Sudden Pipeline Permit Sparks National Response

The main entrance to the San Francisco Federal building was blocked Wednesday morning, Feb. 8. in response to the Army Corps of Engineers decision to reverse their own decision to require the Dakota Access Pipeline to complete an environmental assessment and find a new route.

Pennie Opal Plant of Idle No More SF Bay talks to Media Bridge Dispatch and others about the importance of a nationwide response to this act by the new administration.

The Army Corps of Engineers in early December told the pipeline's construction company, Energy Transfer Partners that they would need to do an Environmental Impact Statement that included the concerns of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The pipeline is planned to carry a half million barrels of oil per day, and it proposes to cross the Missouri River about 800 yards north of the Standing Rock Reservation. The Missouri River is the sole source of clean drinking water for the tribe, and for 18,000,000 others down-stream. In December the Army Corps also told Energy Transfer Partners to look for a new route. Following an Executive memo from the new President, the Army Corps of Engineers threw out all those requirements, and closed the Environmental Impact Statement even before the public comment period was closed.

According to people in Standing Rock, the drills started up last night. It will reportedly take about 60 days to drill under the river, and then some more time for it to fill with oil. The tribes lawyers have gone to court. The situation is developing quickly.