US Army Corps of Engineers Official Creates Regulation Out of Thin Air with Dakota Access Decision

With yesterday’s decision, President Obama has all but publically confirmed that the rule of law is a circumstantial entity that can be enforced or ignored when it suits his political will.

Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, essentially admitted in her memorandum  that she was writing new regulations:

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The “circumstances” the Obama Administration is referring to are the months of illegal and violent protesting his administration emboldened, uninformed celebrity endorsements, and an anti-industry legacy at stake.…

Obama Administration Disregards Rule of Law with Dakota Access Decision

The recent announcement from the Obama administration indicating that the US Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the Dakota Access pipeline the final easement is flawed in its reasoning, sets a troubling precedent, and will only hurt the American people.

The Dakota Access pipeline was fully approved by four state governments and four federal judges following a two-year review and approval process.…

Houston Chronicle Editorial Board Falls for False Bismarck Reroute Claims

The Houston Chronicle is the latest outlet to slightly miss the facts about the Dakota Access pipeline. While it is supportive of the project, there are some errors that deserve to be corrected.

In a recent editorial, the Chronicle asserts that, “pollution worries were serious enough to force a reroute away from Bismarck’s municipal water sources and residential areas.…

Snopes Highlights Common Misinformation About Dakota Access Routing

A common misconception about Dakota Access is that officials chose to “re-route” the pipeline closer to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and away from Bismarck. While many have been touting this as a reason to stop the project, the facts are clear – this was not the case. The Bismarck Mayor recently held a press conference to dispel any further rumors on the issue.…

Dakota Access Protestors Continue To Remove Media Crews They Don’t Agree With

Dakota Access Pipeline protestors have certainly benefitted from the media storm their illegal protest has created. While some outlets allow protestors and activists to go unchecked, some have attempted to do their journalistic due diligence and report on the facts—much to the dismay of protestors.

In a recent Facebook post, protestors slammed Vice’s “negative” coverage of their ongoing efforts and emphasized that they are “glad” they camp banned the crew from the camp.…

North Dakota Lawmakers Call on the President to Issue Final Dakota Access Easement and Protect North Dakota’s Citizens

In a letter, Senator John Hoeven, Congressman Kevin Cramer and Governor Jack Dalrymple called on President Obama to “direct the Army Corps to follow established regulatory criteria and approve the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing at Lake Oahe. In addition, we recommend federal resources be deployed expeditiously to protect people and property in the area of violent protests.”

In a joint release, the three North Dakotan lawmakers emphasize the impact the ongoing protests have had on ranchers and community members.…

Permanent Structures Being Built on Federal Land in Violation of Corps

Unsurprisingly, the Dakota Access protestors continue to act in direct violation of laws and regulations. Earlier this year when the US Army Corps issued a special ruling allowing protestors to temporarily use the Corps’ federal land to stage their protest. However, the announcement also noted that “permission will be required for activities identified in Title 36 such as construction, either temporary or permanent, of any structures within areas identified in the Special Use Permit.”

Without any evidence that such a permit has been applied for and received, protestors have begun to build several permanent structures.…

Dakota Access Protestors Once Again Show Protest is Not Peaceful

Again, protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline have shown their proclivity for violent and illegal protesting. In yet another attempt to occupy private land, protestors spent hours in a tense standoff with law enforcement that was eventually ended with law enforcement using non-lethal means of crowd dispersion.

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Despite what many outlets are reporting, protestors had lit several fires, threw and shot rocks at law enforcement, and were occupying a bridge that was deemed closed due to the damage sustained from a previous protest.…

Wyden – Merkley Letter Ignores Consultation, Review Process, Reality

In a letter sent to President Obama, Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley disregard the over 400 individual meetings held between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Native American tribes regarding the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Furthermore they ignore the fact that despite multiple attempts to reach out to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, there were multiple occasions that Chairman Dave Archambault, or other representatives of the tribe, simply refused to participate in the process.…