HOUSTON — Fireworks and celebration songs rang out Sunday night over Canon Ball, North Dakota after the US Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to deny the Dakota Access Pipeline’s easement under the Missouri River.
After months of enduring harsh weather, privatized police attacks, and the destruction of sacred burial grounds, The Standing Rock Sioux and its allies see the decision as an environmental and cultural victory.
“It’s the best news for Native people, Native country, for the whole United States- all the people. Water is so precious," said Adan Bearcub, a Native American man from Washington who’s gone to North Dakota to help the Sioux tribe.
Bearcub was on the scene when the news was broken.
But as Energy Transfer Partners begins weighing re-routing options, Water Protectors took to rainy Houston streets to let the company know that their fight is not over.
“They’re going to continue to drill anyway. They’re willing to pay a fine- $50,00. It’s just a slap on the wrist for these corporate goons," said Gina, who was marching with the Houston Stands with Standing Rock protest Monday. “The strategy is to get the banks to realize that they’re sponsoring and supporting violations of human rights and violence."
ETP is clearly frustrated by the decision to forcibly redirect the $3.7 billion pipeline and engage in an environmental impact statement.
The company in a press release stated they have “comported to all legal requirements” with permission since July to cross the river.
And they are “fully committed to ensuring this vital project is brought to completion.”
When your pipeline costs nearly $4 billion to make and will transport almost half a million barrels of oil a day— it’s safe to say you do just about anything you can to get it finished.
“This is only the beginning. They’re going to continue to do whatever they want to do and we’re going to continue to stand united to fight for what’s right. For water, for life, for the future generation," said Miriam Gomez, one of the founders of Houston Stands with Standing Rock.