Where I live Dominion Power is trying to use eminent domain to force through a pipeline from West Virginia to the Atlantic. Thanks to lower gas prices and a concerted effort from relatively well off land owners the pipeline, for the moment, has been held at bay. Things are a little more advanced out in Sioux country apparently. We are shocked that the Army Corps of Engineers, you know the federal government that has been so good to Native Americans over the years, reportedly didn’t get tribal approval for the project in question.
On the other hand the protesters can’t expect a hostile government to continue supplying them with water either. It is a protest. Also is the pipeline crossing Sioux land? That is not clear from the attached article. If not this changes the equation significantly.
(From Maine Republic Email Alert)
On Wednesday, high profile activists and supporters are rallying in Washington D.C. outside the U.S. District Court, where members of the Standing Rock Sioux will argue that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted Energy Transfer Corporation approval for the 1,172-mile pipeline without tribal consent.
The tribe says that the pipeline—which will carry up to 570,000 barrels of fracked Bakken oil daily across four states to a market hub in Illinois—puts the sacred waters of the Missouri River at great risk.