Corps of Engineers directed to approve Dakota Access easement

One of the dreamcatchers made by the Pueblo Tribe out of barbed wire

Now, with the announcement from Senator Hoeven and the official easement from the Army Corps (which has not been publicly released), it appears that the original plan of constructing the pipeline through Standing Rock will continue. National environmental groups joined the fray soon after, bringing the issue to worldwide attention. It has vowed to fight on, in the courts.

Hoeven said he spoke on Tuesday with Vice President Mike Pence and Speer about the easement. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lacks statutory authority to issue the easement because it has committed to the EIS process.

"I'm not going to take anyone's property or do anything like that", Hans Youngbird Bradley, a construction contractor from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe said during the meeting.

The tribe issued a statement Wednesday saying the study is "yet another small victory on the path to justice".

"It is paramount for public safety, and to prevent an environmental disaster, that the camps be cleared prior to a potential spring flood", GOP North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, a pipeline supporter, said in a statement issued Monday.

If the EIS is abandoned, this would mean that the change is based on "personal views and, potentially, personal investments" of Donald Trump, the statement said.

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The pipeline has been the target of months of protests led by the Standing Rock Sioux, whose reservation lies near the pipeline's route and who have argued that it's a threat to water and tribal artifacts.

The move to deny the easement was hailed by the tribe and other pipeline opponents as a major victory, but on his second weekday in office, President Trump signed a memorandum aimed at advancing the Dakota Access Pipeline through a presidential memorandum, along with one directed at the Keystone XL Pipeline.

"The corps and the Army are continuing to make decisions under the order", attorney Matthew Marinelli told Judge James Boasberg during a hearing on Monday, according to the Hill.

"It's not too surprising, but it's still really upsetting, especially with all the other tensions rising with the immigration ban", she said, referencing Trump's travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. "And finally, we hope that individuals on all sides of this issue will be able to move forward peacefully as this process draws to a close". "The resistance is still alive".

But she added: "People are strong". "It proves that America really is a giant corporation".

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