photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images
Today, the US Army Corps announced that it would not grant Dakota Access LLC the last remaining easement it needs to drill under the Mni Sose (Missouri River) at Lake Oahe and complete construction of the pipeline. The statement implies that the Army Corps will conduct a limited Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the river crossing and explore possibilities for alternative routes.
The decision comes as thousands of veterans are arriving from across the country to stand with the water protectors and join the frontlines of resistance in the face of extreme and escalating violence at the hands of law enforcement.
This is an enormous victory for our movement to protect the water. It shows what is possible when we come together and take action. We have fought this battle with all of our hearts. We have been maced, tased, demeaned, beaten, and hit with water cannons in below freezing temperatures. We have drawn on the strength of our ancestors and refused to back down. Today our courage and determination were finally rewarded.
But the battle is not over. Many questions remain about the...