The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Responds to U.S. Army Corps’ Dakota Access Pipeline Remand Decision

Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock on December 3, 2017. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published August 31, 2018

Agency produces cynical, one-sided document and fails to address Tribe’s concerns

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a brief decision affirming it original decision to issue a construction permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision comes over a year after a federal court decision finding that the Army Corps decision violated federal laws and failed to consider the risks and impacts of oil spills.

The following is a statement from Mike Faith, Jr., Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

“The Army Corps’ decision to rubberstamp its illegal and flawed permit for DAPL will not stand. A federal judge declared the DAPL permits to be illegal, and ordered the Corps to take a fresh look at the risks of an oil spill and the impacts to the Tribe and its Treaty rights. That is not what the Army Corps did. Instead, we got a cynical and one-sided document designed to paper over mistakes, not address the Tribe’s legitimate concerns.

“The Tribe has worked in good faith every step of the way to develop technical and cultural information to help the Corps fully understand the consequences of permitting this pipeline. They took our hard work and threw it in the trash.

“The Tribe will be reviewing this decision closely, and determine how best to proceed in close consultation with our membership, staff, and advisors. In the meantime, we will continue to extend an open hand to the Army Corps to continue an honest dialogue about the impacts of this pipeline to the Standing Rock.”

More information on today’s decision can be found here and background on the Tribe’s litigation against the Dakota Access pipeline is available here.

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