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Standing Rock Protestors - Sprayed with water in 26 Degrees

 
 
ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Sun 4 Dec, 2016 03:34 pm
@edgarblythe,
I so hope.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 4 Dec, 2016 03:36 pm
@edgarblythe,
edgarblythe wrote:

I just saw this headline on a Young Turks video. I am not certain what is going on as yet.

President Obama Denies Final Permit For Dakota Access Pipeline

Putting this info at the top of the new page.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 4 Dec, 2016 04:05 pm
http://abc13.com/news/feds-block-route-of-dakota-access-pipeline-in-nd/1639435/?utm_content=buffer120a6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Updated 2 mins ago
CANNON BALL, N.D. -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota.

The decision is a victory for the several thousand camped near the construction site, who've said for months that the four-state, $3.8 billion project would threaten a water source and cultural sites
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 4 Dec, 2016 04:09 pm
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/04/dakota-access-pipeline-permit-denied-standing-rock

Quote:
Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, handing a major win to environmental activists
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 4 Dec, 2016 04:10 pm
@ehBeth,
Quote:
Assistant secretary for civil works Jo-Ellen Darcy announced the decision on Sunday, with the army saying it was based on “a need to explore alternate routes” for the crossing.

“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Darcy said in a statement. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”

The army corps will undertake an environmental impact statement and look for alternative routes, the tribe said in its own announcement.

“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will be forever grateful to the Obama administration for this historic decision,” tribal chairman Dave Archambault said in a statement.

While the news is a victory, Jan Hasselman, an attorney for the tribe, cautioned that the decision could be appealed.

“They [Energy Transfer Partners] can sue, and Trump can try to overturn,” Hasselman said. “But overturning it would be subject to close scrutiny by a reviewing court, and we will be watching the new administration closely.”

“We hope that Kelcey Warren, Governor [Jack] Dalrymple, and the incoming Trump administration respect this decision and understand the complex process that led us to this point,” Archambault said.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 4 Dec, 2016 04:16 pm
I would be grinning from ear to ear, but for the fact I am a curmudgeon. Tomorrow was to be the day of the big massacre, or whatever it is all those armed law and military persons do to remove whole camps of people.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 4 Dec, 2016 04:18 pm
Understood, there still is going to be a pipeline, not so many miles away, but you can't win many big victories under the current system.
ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Sun 4 Dec, 2016 04:23 pm
@edgarblythe,
OK then.
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Lash
 
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Reply Sun 4 Dec, 2016 04:28 pm
@edgarblythe,
NPR

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/04/504354503/army-corps-denies-easement-for-dakota-access-pipeline-says-tribal-organization?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202804

Gratitude from this corner.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 4 Dec, 2016 04:32 pm
@edgarblythe,
It's very much an initial step. I'm not feeling hugely optimistic, but it's a step.

Similar fight starting in Canada - listening to a national call-in show about it right now.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 4 Dec, 2016 05:07 pm
@ehBeth,
By the time anti pipeline forces are strong enough to stop new pipelines, they will all have been built.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 5 Dec, 2016 05:40 am
Pipeline builders this morning claim they will complete the pipeline without rerouting it away from Standing Rock. I saw a headline to that effect this morning, but have not yet read it.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 5 Dec, 2016 07:12 am
@edgarblythe,
I went back to read the story but now I can't find it.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 5 Dec, 2016 08:13 am
http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2016-12-05/after-major-victory-nd-pipeline-protesters-to-defy-deadline

The company constructing the pipeline, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, released a statement Sunday night slamming the Army Corps' decision as politically motivated and alleging that President Obama's administration was determined to delay the matter until he leaves office.

"The White House's directive today to the Corps for further delay is just the latest in a series of overt and transparent political actions by an administration which has abandoned the rule of law in favor of currying favor with a narrow and extreme political constituency," the company said.

President-elect Donald Trump, a pipeline supporter, will take office in January, although it wasn't immediately clear what steps his administration would be able to take to reverse the Army Corps' latest decision or how quickly that could happen.

That uncertainty, Allard said, is part of the reason the protesters won't leave.

"We don't know what Trump is going to do," Allard said.

Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a news release that her decision was based on the need to "explore alternate routes" for the pipeline's crossing. Her full decision doesn't rule out that it could cross under the reservoir or north of Bismarck.

"Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it's clear that there's more work to do," Darcy said. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."

North Dakota's leaders criticized the decision, with Gov. Jack Dalrymple calling it a "serious mistake" that "prolongs the dangerous situation" of having several hundred protesters who are camped out on federal land during cold, wintry weather. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer said it's a "very chilling signal" for the future of infrastructure in the United States.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday that the Department of Justice will "continue to monitor the situation" and stands "ready to provide resources to help all those who can play a constructive role in easing tensions."

"The safety of everyone in the area - law enforcement officers, residents and protesters alike - continues to be our foremost concern," she added.
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Leadfoot
 
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Reply Mon 5 Dec, 2016 08:18 am
Another 'Carrier' deal? I'm guessing so.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 5 Dec, 2016 12:14 pm
Neil Young shared their video.
9 mins ·
Will OBAMA STAND UP?
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND RULE OF FEDERAL LAW IGNORED BY SUNOCO AND ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS / DAPL
ARE SUNOCO AND ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNER / DAPL MORE POWERFUL THAN YOUR GOVERNMENT?
The Army Corps of Engineers denied the Dakota Access Permit on Sunday. Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault made the announcement at Oceti Sakowin Camp, which was broadcast live on Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio.
DAPL owners responded late Sunday night and said nothing has changed.
"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," Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco said in a statement late Sunday night. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161204005090/en/
When the announcement was made in the live broadcast water protectors were urged by speakers at Oceti Sakowin Camp not to leave. They expected DAPL to ignore the Army Corps decision and proceed as DAPL has done before.
The question now is whether President Obama will send in law enforcement or the military to halt DAPL from drilling without a permit. Otherwise, today's announcement will have no enforcement. It will be seen as another US and corporate ploy to send home water protectors, and thousands of veterans, now at Standing Rock Camp, where more than 10,000 are camped.
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giujohn
 
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Reply Mon 5 Dec, 2016 12:45 pm
Man I can't wait for Trump to be inaugurated so we can put an end to this nonsense and let the oil flow.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 6 Dec, 2016 10:12 am
http://brainsandeggs.blogspot.com/2016/12/dapl-it-aint-over.html
It helps in understanding the next moves in what is now a waiting game if you distill it down to this: America is an oil company with two standing armies; one foreign and one domestic. The national one is the legion of police from around the country who are on the scene, earning overtime and travel perks while they spray water cannon in freezing temperatures on people, blow up a woman's arm with a grenade, and bring associated hell on the protestors at Standing Rock. It's a wide-open window into our police state.

Police departments from 24 counties and 16 cities in 10 different states (including North Dakota) have poured into Standing Rock, according to the Morton County Sheriff's Department, the local law enforcement agency.

[...]

Per DeSmog Blog, Standing Rock is one of the few times that EMAC (the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, see the very first link for more) has been called upon to respond to social activism. In April 2015, during Black Lives Matter protests in Baltimore in the wake of Freddie Gray's death while in police custody, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and sent out an EMAC request. About 300 state troopers from Pennsylvania and another 150 from New Jersey responded. The city racked up an estimated $20 million in extra policing costs.

[...]

The increased law enforcement presence at Standing Rock has coincided with mounting concerns over police brutality. The deployment of military-grade equipment, including land-mine-resistant trucks and armored personnel carriers, as well as the use of pepper spray, rubber bullets, and alleged strip searches led Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman Dave Archambault II to ask the Justice Department to investigate civil rights abuses. [...] Some of the police details that have arrived in Standing Rock are among the largest recipients of military transfers from the federal government, according to an In These Times investigation. The South Dakota Highway Patrol has received $2 million worth of military equipment since 2006. The Lake County Sheriff's Office in Northwest Indiana obtained $1.5 million worth of military equipment over the same time period. The Pennington County Sheriff's office in South Dakota, the Anoka County Sheriff's office in Minnesota, and the Griffith Indiana Police Department have all received assault rifles through military equipment transfer programs as well.

Much more at the article, which concludes with how communities are beginning to push back against these abuses of authority and blank checks from taxpayers for their local peace officers (*coughBScough*) to go on a mayhem vacation.

Now then, on to the generals politicians directing this assault, one of whom is ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Bold emphasis mine:

“It’s long past time that a decision is made on the easement going under Lake Oahe. This administration’s delay in taking action -- after I’ve pushed the White House, Army Corps, and other federal agencies for months to make a decision -- means that today’s move doesn’t actually bring finality to the project. The pipeline still remains in limbo. The incoming administration already stated its support for the project and the courts have already stated twice that it appeared the Corps followed the required process in considering the permit. For the next month and a half, nothing about this project will change. For the immediate future, the safety of residents, protesters, law enforcement, and workers remains my top priority as it should for everyone involved. As some of the protesters have become increasingly violent and unlawful (sic; notice the conflicting accounts about fires being set, and associated water cannon usage) and as North Dakota’s winter has already arrived – with a blizzard raging last week through the area where protesters are located -- I’m hoping now that protesters will act responsibly to avoid endangering their health and safety, and move off of the Corps land north of the Cannonball River.”

Read only the first bullet point in this lengthy piece for more about the violence and tactics used by authorities. Heitkamp, a very conservative Democrat, was referenced in this post last week as she interviewed for a job in the Trump administration. If she remains in the Senate, my prediction is that she will change parties in order to hold her seat in 2018. Trump, as you may already know, supports DAPL and may own stock (Bloomberg says so, but Snopes says 'unproven' -- Update: Confirmed just after post time, he's sold out) in Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline company owned by Dallas billionaire Kelcy Warren, who's donated heavily to Trump and other Republicans, specifically Texan ones, in this cycle. I wonder if any of this came up in Trump's conversation with Al Gore yesterday.

Two more things: Activists contend that ETP will dig the pipeline under the Missouri River and just pay the fines, and ETP says they will see the project through to completion (a necessary assurance for stock- and stakeholders). And if you want to see how corporate media reports this story, read this. Either way the pipeline will happen, even if it has to wait for Trump to be inaugurated in six weeks.

Despite the celebrations taking place at the site of protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), experts say the recent decision to stop the pipeline could be reversed by the Trump administration or the next Congress. "Legally, this is an action that can be overturned easily," says Sharon Buccino, an attorney and director of the Land and Wildlife program at the National Resources Defense Council.

[...]

(A)ccording to Deborah Sivas, a professor of environmental law at Stanford University, there are multiple ways the pipeline might still be completed legally in its current location. The Republican-led Congress could vote to clear the way for ETP to drill under the Missouri River by passing an appropriations rider. Then the company would no longer need an easement from the Army Corps to comply with the Clean Water Act, and could thus complete the pipeline. "Trump could sign off on it in week one," Sivas says. "All it takes is one sentence."

Or Trump could go a slightly more patient route and still achieve the same result.

Alternatively, according to Buccino, Congress could exclude public input from the environmental impact statement ordered by the Army Corps, excluding Standing Rock Sioux tribal members from participating and thereby sidestepping complaints that the project desecrates sacred burial sites. Such actions would likely be subject to public criticism, she acknowledges. Buccino also points out that Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army Corps official who made the announcement, was appointed by President Barack Obama and will leave her position in January. Donald Trump and his administration officials could exert pressure and guidance on the Army Corps' commanders to reverse their decision.

A battle was won, but the war is still lost.
giujohn
 
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Reply Tue 6 Dec, 2016 11:10 am
@edgarblythe,
Your implication is that the police gathered there are using Force against lawful, peaceful protesters who are all sitting around singing Kumbaya.

And of course that's total bullshit.

Your implication is that these men and women of law enforcement are there braving the cold for the opportunity to visit evil upon the peaceful masses to satisfy some twisted notion and personal gratification.

As a whole these honorable men and women of law enforcement are human beings. They are dedicated public servants who if instructed to use illegal force against innocent protesters would in all likelihood refuse to do so because that is the basic humanity in all of us.

Your characterizations are total crap and meant only to inflame and deflect.
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Debra Law
 
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Reply Tue 6 Dec, 2016 12:40 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29DjZSMIvFM&feature=youtu.be

Blizzard and heavy snowfall all last night and today in North Dakota. Winter in North Dakota is harsh, and this year it is coming in like a lion.
 

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