Mixed Messages from Obama Administration on DAPL Approval

. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

.photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald


Published November 12, 2016

WASHINGTON — After two unnamed Obama Administration said President Obama will approve the final easement needed to complete the Dakota Access pipeline, the other administration officials are walking back the announcement.

“The process is ongoing and no decisions have been made,” an administration official said later Friday.

With a decision pending, on Thursday, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman remained adamant that the easement for the 1,171-mile pipeline should be denied. He issued the following statement:

The only possible path forward for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is a decision that denies the easement or subjects it too a full environmental impact statement and tribal consultation. The only urgency here arises from DAPL’s reckless decision to build to either site of the Missouri River without a permit. It even continued construction when the U.S. Government asked it to voluntarily stop.


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