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Tim Kaine: Looking at alternative routes for Dakota Access Pipeline is ‘right thing to do’

During an exclusive interview with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez on Saturday, Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine voiced hesitant support for President Obama’s view that there might be a way for the Dakota Access Pipeline—which has been the subject of mass protests from Native Americans who claim their water supply would be endangered and who have been… Read more »

For Native ‘water protectors,’ Standing Rock protest has become fight for religious freedom, human rights

by Jenni Monet for PBS Newshour. The tops of teepees could be seen in the distance, east of where a standoff between police and protesters was intensifying. Draped in a Pendleton blanket stood Casey Camp-Horinek praying in the middle of North Dakota Highway 1806. The Ponca woman, a respected traditionalist, was singing with a sacred… Read more »

New York Times: Time to Move the Standing Rock Pipeline

by the Editorial board of the New York Times: The Dakota and Lakota of the Standing Rock tribe would hardly be the first American Indians to pay the price for white people who want to move environmental hazards out of sight, out of mind and out of their water faucets. If the federal government shifts… Read more »

LA Times Editorial: Say no to the Dakota Access Pipeline

From The LA Times Editorial Board: The pipeline — designed to transport 470,000 barrels of oil a day from North Dakota to Illinois — has become a lightning rod for an array of issues, from historic tribal claims on the privately owned land through which the pipeline will run to the environmental risks of pipeline… Read more »

On Dakota Access, Obama says Army Corps is weighing whether to ‘reroute’ pipeline

By Derek Hawkins and Juliet Eilperin for the Washington Post: Obama’s interview represents the most explicit remarks he has made on the simmering controversy. During a White House tribal conference in September the president offered an elliptical reference to the issue, telling hundreds of tribal representatives gathered in Washington, “I know that many of you… Read more »

Pipeline expert slams Corps’ Dakota Access environmental review

By Elana Schor, for the Politico Pro Energy Whiteboard: An independent pipeline expert and outside adviser to the DOT found the Army Corps of Engineers’ review of the Dakota Access pipeline “seriously deficient” and unable to justify its conclusion that the project would not pose a potentially serious spill risk, according to a report released… Read more »

Justice Looks Different in Indian Country

by Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Originally published on nytimes.com. On the same day that the armed Malheur militants were acquitted, I watched as riot police with military-grade weapons, tanks and helicopters rounded up hundreds of peaceful water protectors in North Dakota protesting an oil pipeline. The juxtaposition of these two events… Read more »

Pipeline Expert: Government Underestimated Risk of an Oil Spill from Dakota Access Pipeline

STANDING ROCK, ND — An independent expert hired by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has found that the government’s environmental assessment of the pipeline’s environmental impact was inadequate. With this new information, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman Dave Archambault II has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reassess its conclusion that the pipeline… Read more »