The United States Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit that would be needed to complete the controversial oil pipeline under the Missouri River. For months, tension reached a boiling point between the US Government and thousands that protested the project. The fight is finally over!
This also includes thousands of supporters on social media who opposed the project, including Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who tweeted “The Standing Rock Sioux & the millions who opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline showed the importance of standing together against injustice.”
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe started protesting in late July after the Corps of Engineers approved the final land easements that would allow them to cross the Missouri River. The river filters in a man-made lake, which is used to collect drinking water by the tribe. The pipeline on the other hand, is designed to bring oil from western North Dakota to an oil processing centers in southern Illinois, and disrupting clean drinking water . The Army Corps of Engineers, controls the land along the way close to the tribe’s reservation. The crowd of protesters grew over time. At one point, protesters fought with police who tried to break up the crowd by firing tear gas, rubber bullets and a water cannon creating hostel situation.
The current decision halts the completion of the oil Pipeline and brings peace to the controversial situation. Corry Westbrook, an environmental activist from Florida stated: “This is great and wonderful news! Native Americans won, the environment won, America won! It is proof that when people stand together they can accomplish anything!”