Dakota Access Pipeline Victory (?)

By: Vanessa Torres

                                                                                                                                                                                     

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), was a controversial pipeline under construction in the Midwest region of America. Protesters reported that it would have intruded on Native American Reservations including sacred lands, burial grounds and the Sioux tribe’s water supply, farmland and forests.

December 4, 2016 marked history for Native Americans and all environmental activists. Thousands of protesters at the Standing Rock site celebrated and shed tears of joy when the Army Corp of Engineers announced that the pipeline is officially being rerouted. The corps’ assistant secretary for civil works, Jo-Ellen Darcy stated, “Alternative routes would be best accomplished through an environmental impact statement with full public input and analysis…”

While the announcement of the pipeline being rerouted appears to be a victory, protesters and environmental activists are still dissatisfied with the results. Avid environmental activists on social media have stated, “This fight has never been #MoveDAPL; it’s #NoDAPL.” Evidently, the fight isn’t over. “[We] will continue to fight until the entire pipeline is shut down, until all pipelines are shut down…until all drinking water supplies are decontaminated.”