|Photo Rob Wilson|
|Militarized police protect a private pipeline, as Native Americans pray for the protection of the water and burial places.|
By Brenda Norrell
The Guardian reported that Dakota Access pipeline said it would defy Obama and push forward with final phase of drilling.
The Dakota Access pipeline operator chose the day of the US presidential election to announce that the final phase will begin – marking a bold escalation in its response to the Native American protests, The Guardian said.
"Energy Transfer Partners, the company overseeing the North Dakota oil pipeline, has already completed construction up to the river that provides water to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and announced it would soon begin drilling at the site," The Guardian reported.
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II said DAPL has no legal easement to drill under Lake Oahe.
“Energy Transfer Partners, the company financing and driving DAPL, is releasing its third quarter earnings report on Nov. 9. It’s in their interest to create a perception of momentum on the project despite having ZERO legal easement to drill under Lake Oahe,” Archambault said in a statement released late Tuesday.
“Starting construction without a legal easement would be corrupt and unconscionable. Those behind DAPL have ignored all requests to voluntarily slow things down, including a current administration's federal directive to do so. It is deeply irresponsible to keep putting investors’ money into this route when both the President and Sen. Tim Kaine, Vice President Candidate, are openly discussing rerouting away from Lake Oahe," Chairman Archambault said.
DAPL said it would start drilling beneath the river.
"The company said it would not halt construction, despite requests by federal agencies to delay the project as the US government reassesses permits and considers possible reroutes.In a statement, Energy Transfer Partners said it was “mobilizing horizontal drilling equipment” in preparation for tunneling under Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri river by the protest camps and Native American reservation. The corporation said it would be ready to start crossing the water
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