Scribd Scoop: The Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Win
After months of protests, and hundreds being arrested, the members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have been given a reprieve: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has blocked the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline under a Missouri River reservoir.
Tribe leaders have long asserted that the pipeline project threatens drinking water and is too close to their reservation.
Despite the victory, many protesters say they’ll stay there. That’s because the fate of the pipeline is still up in the air: President-elect Donald Trump supports construction of the pipeline, and it’s unclear what he will do once he takes office.
A Key to North Dakota’s Future
Why is the $3.8 billion pipeline project important to the leaders of North Dakota? Because without it, millions of barrels of oil could stay in the ground. And North Dakota’s oil industry could be buried with it.
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