While I understand the desire to celebrate the remarkable achievement of the Water Protectors in forcing Big Oil, the Feds, and LEO’s to stand down in their thuggish rush to complete this major pipeline with callous disregard for the indigenous and environmental stakeholders, human rights, or public sentiment, this is not the first setback faced by this multi-billion dollar project. They aren’t throwing in the towel, just lying doggo.
Right now, the eyes of the nation are on Standing Rock, and the outrages there can’t easily be swept under the rug. The forces of reaction are in retreat, but be assured, they are not defeated yet, merely strategically withdrawing. Just as the prior national announcements of a “pause” (during which time construction continued and was nearly completed) were designed not to stop the project, but to allow the public attention to wander, after the pictures of children mauled by dogs at the instigation of corporate goons set the internet on fire; so too this victory is of a battle and not of the war.
This nearly complete, multi-billion dollar pipeline will be completed in the near future, likely with only a minor realignment, unless we remain vigilant and can replicate again the mobilization of protesters to spark an outpouring of national outrage.