The Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it would not approve permits for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline under a reservoir on the Missouri River called Lake Oahe, according to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The announcement comes after months of intense protests and just days after protesters were ordered to leave.
The Corps said that it is looking at possible alternative routes. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing,” Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a statement. The government’s decision will essentially bring the project to a stop, according to NPR.
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