Yesterday, the Army Corps of Engineers shut down the legally required environmental review process and moved to approve the Dakota Access oil pipeline —threatening our climate and the land, clean drinking water and the hard-won sovereignty of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
More than 70,000 NRDC supporters sent messages to the Army Corps over the last week in opposition to the pipeline as part of that environmental review process. Thank you for making your voices heard. It always matters, even if the outcome isn't in our favor.
This is a deeply disappointing setback, as the Army Corps is expected to issue the easement within the next 24 hours allowing the pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners, to resume construction. But it makes us only more determined to support the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies in fighting back harder than ever against this disastrous pipeline and for what we know is right.
Tell the Army Corps of Engineers that you're outraged by their decision to put Big Oil before the American people.
Last week, President Trump issued an executive memorandum fast-tracking the Dakota Access pipeline. With yesterday's news, the new administration is sending another stark signal that they will continue to put the interests of big polluters ahead of the American public — and that the air, water, climate and hard-won sovereignty of Native tribes take a backseat to the profits of fossil fuel companies.
On top of that, the administration decided to abruptly curtail the lawful review process that gives all Americans an equal opportunity to make their voices heard — a brazen assault on our environment and on the very foundation of participatory democracy itself. Pray for peace.