The Dakota Access Pipeline is Officially Halted… For Now

Army Corp of Engineers Makes Announcement on Their Decision

Government officials released an announcement on 12/4/16 – the Army Corp of Engineers will not grant an easement to complete the highly controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

The $3.8 billion project has received an immense amount of press in recent months. Protesters from several native tribes have taken up residence on the federal land to peacefully protest the pipeline’s intrusion on local drinking water and historically significant tribal sites. Some estimates have called this the largest gathering of native Indian tribes in a century or more.

“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do. The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.” – Jo-Ellen Darcy, Department of the Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works

Included in the review of alternative routes will be an environmental impact review that will also consider public input.

Influenced by Lame Duck Government

Critics of the decision to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline are quick to cite this move as a unilateral decision by the Obama Administration in the waning months of his presidency.

While the announcement comes with a sign of relief by the protestors, they are well aware that this decision is expected to be met with aggressive challenge. It’s well documented that president-elect Trump is an investor in the companies working to complete the project and he has already shared his support that the project be permitted to finish.

Only time will show how the next administration will handle the project.