STATEMENT: MAIN Coalition responds to letter from Senators trying to politicize the Dakota Access Pipeline

Following today’s letter from Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the MAIN Coalition has issued the following statement criticizing the letter and its intent to politicize the pipeline:

“There is no legitimate reason, whatsoever, for the federal government to request another environmental study for the Dakota Access Pipeline – to do so is nothing more than a ploy to kill the project by unnecessary and undetermined delay.

Our Revolution Wrong on Arrest Details

A press release from Our Revolution declaring solidarity with Dakota Access opponents contained a couple of myths.

First: Tuesday’s protest in North Dakota was not peaceful, according to local police.

Yesterday, the Dakota Access Pipeline saw arguably its most contentious day of opposition as 27 protestors were arrested after a 200 person protest got out of control in some sites.…

U.S. Army Corps Restates Comprehensive DAPL Safety Review

The US Army Corps of Engineers filed a brief on Tuesday detailing the lengthy approval process for the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The Corps concluded that the pipeline’s consultation process met all regulatory guidelines and followed the letter of the law. Specifically, Corps lawyers noted that the project’s approval did not violate the Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act or National Environmental Policy Act.…

Laborers Local 563: Construction will continue on Dakota Access

The Dakota Access Pipeline has broad support from labor unions – both in North Dakota and across the country.  Fact Checker recently released a video detailing the broad national support for the project.  But the support for the project on the ground is also strong.

According to Cory Bryson, a business agent with Laborers Local 563, in an interview with Bismarck CBS affiliate KXMB-TV, “It kinda reaffirms with what we’ve known all along that this is one hundred percent project that Dakota Access is pursuing and building, and we’re just excited to be a part of it.”

Workers have faced a lengthy stoppage on top of threats from protestors for the past month.…

MAIN Coalition Spokesman Writes on Current Dakota Access Landscape

Following the recent decision by the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the MAIN Coalition issued the following statement addressing the facts regarding the Dakota Access pipeline and the anticipated next steps as the pipeline moves to finalize construction:

There is no reasonable reason for the federal government to continue its delay of the necessary easement to allow for the ultimate completion and operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

PERC Fellow Weighs in on Dakota Access Protest

In a recent Forbes piece, Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) fellow Terry Anderson adds clarity and context to the claims made by Dakota Access Pipeline protestors. Anderson is the William A. Dunn Distinguished Senior Fellow and former President and Executive Director of PERC as well as the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University – and a well-known voice on Native American issues in the United States.…

Morton County Sheriff Receives Support from National Sheriff’s Association on Dakota Access Protests

Recently, the National Sheriff’s Association gave its full backing to the Morton County, North Dakota Sheriff’s Department – the lead, local policy force working to keep the peace amidst the protests in Cannonball.

Citing violence and the prevalence of out of state protestors, Morton County has received assistance from 268 officers from 24 different counties and cities in North Dakota.…

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