A couple of quick updates on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Sandpiper pipeline projects.
We have written several blogs on the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline that would cross under the Missouri River one mile from the fresh water intake for the Standing Rock Sioux Nation Reservation. (See here and here.) Standing Rock youth had the chance to meet President Obama in 2014, and they just posted a beautiful video asking him for help in stopping the project.
Here is the video link. (It only runs 90 seconds.)
Here is the post that went with their video:
In 2014, President Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Nation as an official visit to “Indian Country”, stopping at the small community of Cannon Ball, ND. While there he visited with Native youth and promised to help them in their time of need.
2 years later, this same community finds itself in the middle of a battle against the multi-billion dollar project called the Dakota Access pipeline.
Some of the Native youth who got to meet the President, and their friends, are now asking for him to keep his promise. Please support the campaign against #DakotaAccess pipeline! Please support #NativeYouth!
To any Native Youth, take a photo of yourself holding up a sign that says: #CanYouHearUs?#NoDAPL #KeepFossilFuelsInTheGround and send it to President Obama and his wife Michelle! Tweet – IG – FB! Let’s make sure they hear us!
Also, the Star Tribune just reported that Enbridge Energy is pulling the plug on the proposed Sandpiper Pipeline, which would have run from the Bakken fracking fields in North Dakota to Superior Wisconsin, via Northern Minnesota. This move does not come as a surprise, as Enbridge recently announced it had invested in a different pipeline project that does not cross Minnesota. According to the article:
Calgary-based Enbridge is withdrawing its application for the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline and asking for the cessation of regulatory proceedings and an environmental impact statement, according to documents filed Thursday with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.