New York Times Editorial: Time to Move the Standing Rock Pipeline

Tension remain high. Photo by Christopher Francisco

Tension remain high. Photo by Christopher Francisco

Published November 4, 2016

NEW YORK – The New York Times editorial board is encouraging President Obama to take a stand on the Dakota Access pipeline. In an editorial released yesterday, November 3, 2016 writes:

“The tribe’s sense of grievance is understandable, given that the pipeline was shifted in its direction, away from Bismarck, N.D., because federal regulators saw it as a potential threat to that city’s water supply.”

The editorial comes two days after President Barack Obama said his administration is closely monitoring the situation and said there is a possibility the DAPL could be re-routed.

In the meantime, land and water protectors remain near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation near the construction site of the DAPL. During the past week, the law enforcement has become more militarized, wearing riot gear and making arrests almost daily.

The New York Times editorial continues:

“The Dakota and Lakota of the Standing Rock tribe would hardly be the first American Indians to pay the price for white people who want to move environmental hazards out of sight, out of mind and out of their water faucets. If the federal government shifts the pipeline route again — perhaps closer to Bismarck — maybe that will prompt a full, meaningful discussion of the pipeline’s merits, with a fairer assessment of its true costs.”

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