Victory at Standing Rock

From the BBC:

eye_on_native_american_righThe US Army has decided not to allow a proposed oil pipeline to cross under a reservoir on land it controls in North Dakota, activists say.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe hailed an “historic decision” and said it was “forever grateful” to President Obama.

Instead, the US Army Corps of Engineers will look at alternative routes, the campaigners’ statement said.

The US Army has yet to comment. The Sioux have been protesting against the pipeline since April.

“Today, the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline,” the tribe’s statement read.

“Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes.”

The multi-billion dollar pipeline, which runs close to the Standing Rock Sioux Native American Indian reservation, is nearly complete except for the lake section.

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