First the video.
The fact of the matter is this.
“After the DC courts ruled in favor of the federal government, federal agencies asked the Dakota Access pipeline company to voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe,” Graham told DeSmog. “The key word is 'voluntary,' and the company chose to proceed with construction. As to why they did this, you will have to contact Energy Transfer Partners to ask that question.”
Yeah, that would be a good question to ask.
Clearly Energy Transfer Properties has not honored the request to halt construction within 20 miles of Federal lands. Meanwhile Police argue that protestors had illegally blocked a road and started fires, while protestors argue that the fires were started by police tear gas canisters and that the water cannons they used to put them out present significant risks of hypothermia and frostbite for those present in area with an air temperature of just 25 degrees Fahrenheit.
After months of protest against the proposed North Dakota Access Pipeline, the clash between police and activists heated up Sunday night as temperatures cooled to dangerous levels.
Protesters, many of whom are from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, have been demonstrating against the oil pipeline that would pass through North Dakota's Lake Oahe, a sacred burial site and major source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux.
Rather than putting legal protestors at risk, perhaps law enforcement should turn around and start asking some pointing questions of Energy Transfer because it’s pretty clear that they are the ones who thumbing their nose at the courts and the law, far more than the protestors.
The Obama Administration is attempting move forward on this.
The Obama administration currently is conducting formal, government-to-government consultations with Native American tribes across the U.S. in order to obtain tribal input on how federal decisions are made about major infrastructure projects. The final consultation is set for November 21 via teleconference, with four more sessions slated between now and then, including the November 17 consultation in Rapid City, a few hours drive from Standing Rock.
How much further this is likely to move forward with President-Elect Pepe after the inauguration is completely up in the air, particular since Trump himself has a $1 Million investment in Energy Transfer Partners, and they gave over $100,000 to his campaign.
Donald Trump's surprise election win has encouraged Energy Transfer Partners's Kelcy Warren, the CEO of the parent company of Dakota Access LLC, which is building the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). In an interview with CBS This Morning, Warren said he is "100 percent" confident that the president-elect will help the company finish the project.
Trump has not spoken about the DAPL but holds stocks that are directly funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. According to Trump's financial disclosure forms, The Guardian reported that he has invested between $500,000 and $1 million in Energy Transfer Partners.
During the above interview the ETP CEO was asked “It’s not gonna benefit Americans if the pipeline leaks right?” To which he answered “I’m not gonna win that argument with you because pipelines do leak!” Even the CEO of the company basically admits that the environmental concerns of the protestors — are legitimate. That’s on top of the issue of it being Sacred Ground that they’re building on and President Drumpf personally profiting on the project.
Yeah, ok, isn’t that awesome?