Tribe calls on Obama to take immediate action to protect water and sacred places
Published October 12, 2016
CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA — Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) immediately resumed construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline following the October 9 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The Court denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction to halt construction.
In a joint statement released yesterday, the Departments of Justice, Army and Interior reaffirmed that construction would remain halted on federal lands and again called on ETP to voluntarily stop construction.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II released for the following statement:
Not surprisingly, Energy Transfer Partners has ignored the Obama Administration’s call to voluntarily halt construction and continues to desecrate our sacred places. They have proven time and time again that they are more interested in money than the health and well-being of the 17 million people who get their drinking water from the Missouri River. They have bulldozed over the burials of our Lakota and Dakota ancestors and have no regard for the sanctity of these places.
President Obama has the power to change the fate of the water users who stand to lose clean water. We need him to take action now. Our lives are at risk and the places we hold sacred are at risk. Millions have stood with us in opposition to this pipeline and he must heed their call.