NoDAPL: Greenpeace Responds to Granting of Easement
February 7, 2017
by Jason Schwartz
In response to documents stating that the Army Corps will grant the easement to drill under Lake Oahe for completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Greenpeace U.S. Climate Campaigner Mary Sweeters said:
“The Trump Administration has decided that profits for the corporate elite are more important than sovereign rights of Indigenous communities, clean water, the climate, and the voices of millions of people worldwide who have called for a halt on the Dakota Access Pipeline. We are only a few weeks into this administration, and already Trump has put on full display a blatant disregard for Indigenous sovereignty, public health, and public outcry. This decision to smash through the EIS process is nothing but a reward to Trump’s corporate, oil industry cronies.
“The ongoing Environmental Impact Statement process — which is being discarded to grant this easement — was deemed a necessary step forward by both the Standing Rock Tribe and the Army Corps of Engineers. The Dakota Access Pipeline poses a significant threat to the water supply of Standing Rock and to millions of other people downstream. Its construction has already desecrated sacred burial grounds and other historical sites nearby. Trump, Energy Transfer Partners, and financial backers can expect a relentless, sustained, determined opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and all projects that threaten Indigenous rights, clear water and air, and our climate.”