Chairman Archambault Losing Control of Protest Camp as Factions Emerge

More news outlets are reporting that there are potentially rival factions emerging from within the protest camp at Sacred Stone.  Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault appears to be losing control of the protest site.  On KX4’s Point of View with Chris Berg, Sheriff Paul Laney noted the following:

“The majority, the mass amounts [of protesters] are calm and they are peaceful, but that two to three hundred people, who are not from North Dakota, are looking for a confrontation, they want a confrontation.…

Williston Herald Article Lays Out Facts on Buried Pipeline Process

In a recent article from the Williston Herald, Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak laid out some facts about buried pipelines that are being overlooked.

  • The pipeline is to be drilled more than 90 feet below the water table—separated from the river by many layers of clay and shale
  • The pipeline will have epoxy coatings to prevent corrosion, and its pressure will be monitored round-the-clock
  • The pipe will also be thicker under the lake, and there will be block valves at either end so the particular section in question can be isolated in a worst case scenario

As Standing Rock Fact Checker frequently argues, crude rail is a more dangerous method for transporting oil from the Bakken Formation than pipelines.…

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.…