[News] Celebrate the victories we have, but stay vigilant - responses to US Army Corps of Engineers halting DAPL construction

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  Some quick responses to US Army Corps of Engineers halting DAPL

Zig Zag - December 4, 2016

Trolling the internet I found a few interesting statements about today’s 
announcement that the US Army Corps of Engineers has denied the easement 
to drill under Lake Oahe, a reservoir of the Missouri River.  I took the 
liberty of collecting a few FB comments, some of which contradict 
Standing Rock Sioux tribal chair tribal chair Dave Archambault II’s 
statement that protesters should now go home…

Rax Symelich stated:
“No, the DAPL is not dead. No, we didn’t win. No, no, no. It’s a trick.  
The Army Corps of Engineers has declined to grant the easement for 
Energy Transfer Partners’ drilling under Lake Oahe. This isn’t the same 
as denying it outright.  “What it means is that they will do a limited 
Environmental Impact Study before allowing the drilling. The EIS could 
take months, by which time Trump will be president and they hope all the 
water protectors leave so they can finish the pipeline quietly with no 
media attention.”

Pennelys Droz stated:
“DAPL says it will drill anyway — without a permit. Oceti Sakowin water 
protectors urged to stay in camp. The Army Corps of Engineers denied 
DAPL Permit! The announcement was made live in the Big Circle at Oceti 
Sakowin Camp, live on Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio. Now from 
the Camp: DAPL is expected to pay the fines and continue drililng 
without a permit. At Oceti Sakowin Camp, they urged people not to leave 
the camp, because DAPL might drill anyway, without a permit. “Stick 
around and make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Klee Benally, an organizer with Indigenous Action and who was involved 
for several years in a campaign to stop ski resort in the San Francisco 
Peaks, stated:

“Celebrate the victories we have, but stay vigilant. The NEPA process is 
not designed to serve Indigenous interests. We’ve experienced this 
through the desecration of sacred places such as the San Francisco 
Peaks. We’ve had Environmental Impact Statements facilitate desecration 
of sacred places under the Obama administration so just imagine what the 
Trump administration’s EPA is going to look like. Fascists like him have 
been trying to gut the NEPA processes for years. To fully stop these 
pipelines we have to also shut down the systems that generate them. 
Protect all sacred places, bring the struggle home. Celebrate, pray, 
organize, and continue to fight back.”

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