Shut It Down: Dakota Piple Line

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The New York Times

Dakota Access Pipeline to be rerouted

The Short of It:

Look's like Shailene Woodley's arrest wasn't for naught. Yesterday it was announced that The Dakota Access Pipeline is officially not happening at Standing Rock in North Dakota.

The Longer Version It:

The Dakota Access Pipeline is the multi-billion-dollar project that thousands protested against because of its plan to carry crude oil across four states. Construction on the pipeline was close to wrapping up but ran into road blockers when it came to run near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. Native Americans and their allies have been protesting the pipeline for months, saying that it would be a desecration to sacred sites and contaminate the water supply. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe also claims to have not been properly consulted on the project. Earlier this year, the tribe sued and all construction near the reservation to came to full halt. Meanwhile, protests have gotten so heated (think: police using rubber bullets and water cannons on protesters, some protesters setting fires) that the camp site was due to be shut down today.

Yesterday, the US Army Corps of Engineers said the pipeline can't be built near the reservation. It's looking into "alternative routes." This all comes a little more than a month before President-elect Donald Trump moves into the White House. And he's a big supporter of the pipeline. So it may not be the last you hear of this.

The Takeaway:

The US has a dark past when it comes to Native American relations. So this is a huge win for the Standing Rock tribe, and for Native American sovereign rights. Now, it's back to the drawing board for the pipeline.