Native rights and environmental groups are sending out congratulatory emails today on the Dakota Access Pipeline. They are celebrating the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to deny an easement to Energy Transfer Partners to drill the Dakota Access Pipeline under the Missouri River. The Corps said it would explore alternative routes.
The question now is, What’s next?
The companies which own the Dakota Access Pipeline have sent out a blistering media release vowing to push head with the current project.
Standing Rock Tribal Chair Dave Archambault is telling the Water Protectors to break camp and go home for the winter, according to reports. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also set today as the deadline for people at the Oceti Sakowin Camp — which is on federal property — to leave
Yet many people at the camp don’t trust that the project will stop and are going to stay anyway.
Further, key pipeline players will change soon, both the Governor of North Dakota and the president of the United States. That throws everything up in the air.