Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Calls on President Trump to Honor the EIS Process

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II outside the court last month in Washington, D.C. Native News Online photo by Randall Slikkers

Published January 26, 2017

CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA —In a letter published today, Dave Archambault II, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, urges President Trump to allow for the completion of a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The President’s Memorandum, signed Tuesday morning, “request for approvals to construct and operate the DAPL,” including easements. The Memorandum also calls for the rescinding or modification of the December 4 decision, which halted DAPL’s construction until an EIS could be completed and a reroute considered. The EIS is already underway and the public comment period is open until February 20.

“This change in course is arbitrary and without justification; the law requires that changes in agency positions be backed by new circumstances or new evidence, not simply by the President’s whim,” Chairman Archambault writes. “It makes it even more difficult when one considers the close personal ties you and your associates have had with Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco.

“Your memorandum issues these directives with the condition that these actions are carried out ‘to the extent permitted by law.’ I would like to point out that the law now requires an Environmental Impact Statement. The USACE now lacks statutory authority to issue the easement because it has committed to the EIS process. Federal law, including the requirement of reasonable agency decision making, prevents that.”

You can read the full letter here:

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