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Election Day Was a Distraction – Dakota Access Pipeline Sneakily Defies White House and Pushes on With Drilling

Taking advantage of the world’s media being focused on the U.S. Presidential Election, the Dakota Access Pipeline announced on Tuesday that it will go ahead with work on the controversial construction in Missouri.

Defying President Obama’s request, the firm responsible for the project, Energy Transfer Partners, say they are going ahead with drilling under the Missouri River, even after public outcry and requests to the contrary by the President, federal agencies and numerous human rights groups.

There is an ongoing court case between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ETP, but its has stalled in court, making it legal for the $3.7 billion drilling project ahead, even with all of the opposition.

President Obama had suggested re-routing the pipeline so that it did not interfere with the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and up to 18 million people’s water reserve, but the pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

Broaching the sensitive issue last week, Obama gave a statement on the issue, saying “let it play out for several more weeks, and determine whether or not this can be resolved in a way that I think is properly attentive to the traditions of the first Americans.”

ETP claimed that they were “mobilizing horizontal drilling equipment” under the Lake Oahe reservoir, near to the camps of the protesters but work has nevertheless gone ahead.

“With the election being so big, and North Dakota being so small, they think they can just sweep this under the rug,” said Danny Grassrope of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. “I’m not really surprised. Snakes are sneaky, and this is a black snake. It blindsides everyone.”

When news of the drilling reached the protest camps it was met with understandable anger. “I’m in shock. I’m speechless,” said Sicangu Lakota Tribe member Cheryl. “It’s unconscionable and devastating. It’s almost as though they have no soul.”

Angels comments are understandable, given that ETP had previously claimed they were halting the drilling, continuing:

“Dakota Access previously received a permit from the army corps with respect the tunneling activities under Lake Oahe, and Dakota Access has all other regulatory approvals and land rights to complete the crossing of the Missouri river at Lake Oahe.”

Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman Vicki Granado replied to Obama’s comments which were reported by the Guardian:

We are not aware that any consideration is being given to a reroute, and we remain confident we will receive our easement in a timely fashion.

Standing Rock Sioux attorney Jan Hasselman gave her concerns about ETP not having the correct clearance to carry on with the work, saying:

Starting construction without permits would be beyond the pale, even for Dakota Access. It is deeply irresponsible to keep putting investors’ money into this route when both the President and Senator Tim Kaine are openly discussing rerouting away from Lake Oahe.

Danny Grassrope summed up the feelings of the Standing Water supporters, saying:

A lot of people are going to get angry, and this is where we need to stay positive. We need prayers more than ever now.

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