American Indian tribes fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline said Tuesday that
Standing Rock Sioux Still Fighting Energy Transfer Partners
Even though Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) has finished laying the pipeline under the Missouri River, near the Standing Rock Sioux land, representatives of the tribe say the fight is not over. Much to the dismay of tribal leaders, ETP announced that it has finished a section of the $3.8 billion pipeline directly under the Missouri River, which as the potential to threaten the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s water supply, despite the claims by ETP that says it’s safe. Of course, how believable is any corporation?
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is vowing to continue its fight in court because they say that the pipeline is not only endangering the tribe’s water supply but interfering with their sacred lands and religion.
Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier said that tribes still believe they will ultimately persuade a judge to shut down the pipeline that they say threatens cultural sites, drinking water, and religion.
“The flow of oil under Lake Oahe is a temporary reminder of the pain this pipeline has perpetrated to those that have stood with Standing Rock and the devastation it has wreaked on sacred tribal sites, but hope remains,” said Philip Ellis, spokesperson for Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental legal firm.