Published June 1, 2017
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archembault II – Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert.
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION – Today, Energy Transfer Partners announced that the Dakota Access Pipeline has begun “commercial service” and is fully operational. This announcement comes despite the fact the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe have an ongoing lawsuit is still pending, and that Energy Transfer Partners does not have an emergency plan to address an oil spill at Lake Oahe even though this pipeline has leaked at least three times in the last few months.
Here is the response from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe:
“Now that the Dakota Access Pipeline is fully operational, we find it more urgent than ever that the courts and administration address the risks posed to the drinking water of millions of American citizens.
“This pipeline became operational today, yet it has already leaked at least 3 times. This is foreboding as the company does not yet have a plan in place to address how they would contain and clean a serious spill.
“We will continue to battle the operation of this pipeline in court and remind everyone that just because the oil is flowing now doesn’t mean that it can’t be stopped. The courts can stop it by demanding that the administration be held accountable for the full Environmental Impact Statement it initiated and then abandoned.”