The Army Corps of Engineers didn’t grant the Dakota Access Pipeline [DAPL] an easement to cross under Lake Oahe, which is intended to go from North Dakota to Illinois, because Native Americans and environmental protesters are thoroughly convinced the pipeline would jeopardize the water source of the reservation – the Missouri River.
It’s these same sentiments that played out earlier when Bismarck, North Dakota residents rejected the notion of Energy Transfer Partners [ETP] building the Dakota Access Pipeline in their community so they decided to construct the underground pipeline, which would encompass and endanger portions of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Furthermore, the territory that’s being questioned is a part of the Great Sioux Nation [The Black Hills], which is sacred land.
Here’s the backdrop on why all of this is so very important to the Native Americans and environmentalists – George Armstrong Custer entered the Black Hills and found gold and you know what that meant – he had to set out a diabolical plan to vehemently remove the Native Americans.
After several wars, which included “Custer’s Last Stand” and “Wounded Knee Massacre” the U.S. took the Black Hills.
Years later the Army Corps of Engineers built 5 dams on the Missouri River and once again forced the Native Americans to leave this time through the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, because of the flooding from the dams.
The dam created Lake Oahe along the Missouri River, where it begins just north of Pierre South Dakota and continues into North Dakota.
Huff Archeological Site is a Fortified Mandan Village site on what is now the bank of Lake Oahe, which is designated as a Historical Landmark – but it’s endangered by erosion pressure from the lake.
The former town of Forest City has been flooded beneath the lake and Native Americans that were residing there are now living in poverty and still seeking compensation for the loss of the different towns that’s submerged under Lake Oahe.
Over 200,000 acres were flooded by the dam that resulted in a loss of their traditional ways and fish that supports population of the endangered pallid sturgeon.
Excess precipitation in the spring, along with melting snow from the Rocky Mountains forced the dam to open the release gates (not the spillway) discharging flood water.
This has led to the disturbance of the sacred tribal sites, and two possible burial sites of Sitting Bull located near the lake on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
Sitting Bull along with the confederated Lakota Tribes and the Northern Cheyenne defeated Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn [Custer’s Last Stand].
ETP, owner of the $3.7 billion DAPL, has no plans of backing down, because the pipeline is almost complete – but the last section that’s in dispute is in limbo.
The pipeline would carry as many as 570,000 barrels a day of crude oil 1,170 miles from western North Dakota to pipeline connections in Illinois.
After nine months of protesting – freezing temperatures, snow and police brutality this is a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which is represented by Earthjustice – but the legal battle isn’t far from being over.
During the presidential election Donald Trump publicly supported the pipeline and at one time owned stock in ETP – but as of lately, dumped his stock.
However, he owns between $100,000 and $250,000 worth of shares in Phillips 66, which has a major stake in the project.
Now that Trump has been elected to the oval office, he’s tapped Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] who’s not environmentally friendly.
Pruitt has extensive ties to the energy industry and he’s currently suing the EPA.
If you think that this doesn’t have a significant impact on the environment – think again, in 2010 a spill from an oil pipeline into the Kalamazoo River spewed 840,000 gallons of crude oil into the environment.
It took years to clean up and recover – 100’s of millions of dollars and it’s been the worst inland spill in the U.S.
More than a million barrels of oil has been spilled (from the last 20-years) into the world’s environment, which is eradicating the ecosystem.
There’s no need for any country to wage wars against America, because all any foreign nation has to do is just sit back and watch as the United States obliterate themselves by exterminating plants, animals, sea life, soil, the atmosphere and their very own citizens.