Should Obama Intervene in DAPL? A Word of Caution

sign-2-daplThe pressure is ramping up on President Obama to intervene in the Dakota Access Pipeline. For example, I recently received an email from MoveOn.org urging me to call the President: “President Obama has the power to stop the pipeline and deny the Army Corps of Engineers’ easement on our land. He must take action immediately. Will you call President Obama now?” the email asked.

But at this point in the process, does the President have that power? What is the President’s appropriate role? It’s more complicated than it seems on the surface. Continue reading

Obama Says DAPL Reroute is a Possibility; National Day of Action Nov. 15

President Obama is raising the option of rerouting the Dakota Access Pipeline away from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Obama has been getting a lot of public pressure to take stronger action against the pipeline. A reroute might satisfy some, but probably wont satisfy those who oppose the pipeline because of the environmental damage it will create — no matter what path it takes.

Obama says that ” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is examining whether the four-state project can be rerouted in southern North Dakota to alleviate the concerns of American Indians,” according to an MPR report.

Obama told the online news outlet NowThis that his administration is monitoring the situation closely but will “let it play out for several more weeks.” …

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault welcomed Obama’s statement but said the administration and the Corps should go farther and stop work on the pipeline and do a full environmental impact study.

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