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2016 Suppressed News -- #NoDAPL / September 10, 2016

17.9.16

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September 10, 2016


     Standing Rock , North Dakota: (see previous). According to an AP News Alert
at 2:45PM, the Standing Rock Sioux's attempt to stop the Dakota Access
pipeline was denied. The Judge's reason: the tribe failed to show how
stopping the pipeline would protect sites sacred to the Native people.
Judge James Boasberg's 58 page Memorandum on the case concludes
that the "Tribe has not demonstrated that an injunction is warranted
here." This allows the 3.8 billion dollar pipeline to proceed. The Memorandum Opinion
shows some awareness of Native customs and beliefs but reads as a
justification of Dakota Access and Army Corps of Engineers practices. Counterpunch
points out that Judge Boasberg's salary is $203,100 for 2016. The
average yearly income of a Standing Rock Sioux Reservation resident is
$4,421 / year. Unsurprised by the verdict, the Federal Government
intervened immediately to stop construction of the pipeline locally,
temporarily. In a joint statement three Federal agencies (Department of
Justice, the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior) say
no construction by Dakota Access on land adjacent to the Standing Rock
Reservation or under the large reservoir Lake Oahe (the Army Corps of
Engineers formed this lake in 1958, damming the Cannonball River and
destroying substantial Native Heritage). The permit process is to be
re-examined. President Obama stresses the importance of approval by the
Native leaders. Meanwhile protests in support of the Standing Rock
Sioux occurred across North America.     Partial
sources online:
"Obama administration intervenes in Dakota pipeline project opposed by
Standing Rock Sioux, halts construction," Jorge Barrera, Sept. 9, 2016, aptn National News; "Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers," Case 1:16-cv-01534-JEB Document 39 Filed 09/09/16, United States District Court for the District of Columbia ; "Pipelines, Poverty and Privilege: the Finances of Judge James Boasberg," Frances Madeson, Sept. 8, 2016, counterpunch.


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