Most of the A group of U.S. military veterans has vowed to block the completion of the hotly disputed Dakota Access pipeline.
Veterans Stand in Solidarity With Dakota Access Pipeline Protest
A group of military veterans, named Veterans Stand, is standing in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The organization, known as Veterans Stand, is vowing to help the Standing Rock Sioux defend their tribal lands against the incursion of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the builders of the very controversial pipeline which threatens the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux.
A couple of days ago, The Secretary of the Army granted the necessary easement to ETP so that they could continue building the Dakota Access Pipeline. As if no one would notice, the secretary of the Army does not have the power or authority to order the US Army Corps of Engineers to do anything. Previously, the US Army Corps of Engineers suggested that the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline could easily be rerouted to avoid going near the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux.
Before, when President Obama was still in power, ETP was denied the easement the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. At first, people thought that they had won their struggle against the pipeline. However, all of that changed when Donald Trump became president. President Trump has reopened this entire mess.
Last week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order, saying that the Dakota Access Pipeline will continue to be built. President Trump is guilty of a direct conflict of interest because it has been shown that Donald Trump owns a financial investment in ETP. This is one detail that the media has unfortunately failed to mention. If he had anything resembling a set of ethics, he would recuse himself from being involved. Even though spokespeople for the Trump administration say that he has divested himself of any interest in the pipeline, there is no proof of any divestment on the part of the POTUS.
I wish Veterans Stand all the best in their efforts to save the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux. Veterans Stand has established a GoFundMe page at the following link. Please contribute!
- US army told to pave way for disputed Dakota pipeline (euronews.com)
- Trump’s Dakota Access Pipeline Memo: What We Know Right Now (theatlantic.com)
- Trump is reviving 2 major oil pipelines – and activists are furious (businessinsider.com)
- Natural Resources Committee Democrats Respond to Trump’s Advancement of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines [Greg Laden’s Blog] (scienceblogs.com)