Tuesday, December 6, 2016

DAPL Update: Probably Not At All Over

There are various concerns about the denial of easement to the Dakota Access Pipeline company and whether this will stop the construction of the pipeline even in the short term. There have been unconfirmed reports by people on the ground that the company is still drilling. It looks like, technically, the company is only prevented from drilling under the river, and should they decide to go ahead and drill their anyway, they'll only be facing fines which may not be more than the money they're losing every day the completion of the pipeline is delayed. $50,000 per day may sound like hefty fineage to us mortals, but...

The company, Energy Transfer Partners (EPT) are being big whiners about having their death pipe delayed, and have alarmingly declared that the pipeline will be completed no matter what happens.

“As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.”

This may only be to reassure their shareholders. But I have no doubt that it's also a direct statement to water protectors and everyone else opposed to this pipeline. This isn't over. They're going to keep fighting, and we need to as well.

The back and forth, continuously broken promises, and escalating brutality at Standing Rock are during the area into a powder keg. It's reported that there are already 5,000 veterans there, and water protectors have announced that they will not be leaving until the pipeline is 100% stopped, for all time. A win or loss here could set the stage for all future contested pipelines. And capitalists seem absolutely determined to ensure that they win this one. We have to fight back just as hard. Don't forget about this.

I'll be watching for more news on this and will alert everyone I know as soon as things gear up again. In the meantime, water protectors are still going to need supplies, so keep donating/sharing donation posts. It's not over until the snake is dead.


With Attention on Dakota, Obama Quietly Approves Two New Pipelines

I'm pretty sure they're trying to kill us.

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