The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have declined easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline in southern North Dakota on Sunday. This decision is great news for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters who opposed the project, saying it would interfere with their water source and cultural sites.
The decision was made official in a statement from the USACE’s website by representative Moira Kelly. ”The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced today,” Kelly said.
For months, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been battling against the Dakota Access Pipeline, a proposed oil pipeline that would run near their reservation. The U.S. government, which is supposed to have a "government-to-government" relationship with native tribes, didn't consult with Standing Rock Sioux as it should have under federal law.
Jo-Ellen Darcy also said in the same statement that they will look at alternate routes to complete the project.
"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," Darcy said. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II also released a statement, thanking everyone who help support their tribe and this cause.
“We want to thank everyone who played a role in advocating for this cause. We thank the tribal youth who initiated this movement. We thank the millions of people around the globe who expressed support for our cause. We thank the thousands of people who came to the camps to support us, and the tens of thousands who donated time, talent, and money to our efforts to stand against this pipeline in the name of protecting our water. We especially thank all of the other tribal nations and jurisdictions who stood in solidarity with us, and we stand ready to stand with you if and when your people are in need,” wrote Archambault.