The Dakota Access pipeline is set to be constructed near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, crossing under the Missouri River which is the only source of water to the reservation. The pipeline is planned to transport approximately 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The potential of oil leaks would contaminate the only source of water for the reservation. While Dakota Access claims oil leaks are unlikely, an oil leak from a separate pipeline in North Dakota was discovered (8/15/16) to have leaked over 500 barrels of oil since the leak began on July 19, 2016. You can read the article here: http://bit.ly/2aVm5cv. A leak like this from the Dakota Access pipeline would leave the Standing Rock Sioux without any clean water.
Response to Petition
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On September 9, the Department of Justice, Department of the Army, and Department of the Interior issued a joint statement about ongoing litigation involving the Dakota Access pipeline. Among other things, the statement announced the following:
On October 10, the departments announced that:
Consistent with the We the People Terms of Participation, we will not comment on that ongoing review being conducted by the Army.
You may be interested, however, in hearing about some of the broader work being undertaken by the departments on infrastructure-related issues affecting tribal nations.
Last month, the departments announced they were inviting:
This consultation, with sessions scheduled to take place at locations across the country during October and November, is focused on how the federal government can better ensure meaningful tribal input into infrastructure-related decisions and the protection of tribal lands, resources and treaty rights. The sessions also explore whether changes to the existing framework are needed to promote those goals. More information about this process can be found here.
We encourage you to continue to use the We the People platform to petition the Administration to take action on policy issues you care about.
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