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Obama admin didn’t like a federal judge’s decision to go ahead with pipeline – so it just did an override!

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President Obama’s war on fossil fuels took center stage Friday when his administration intervened to halt construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline over concerns about the impact of a potential a leak.

…on the same day the Indian tribe fighting the project lost a court battle.

Then again, who needs the courts when you have the full weight of the federal government behind you.

The Hill reported:

The Department of Justice, the Army and the Interior Department jointly announced that construction would pause on the pipeline near North Dakota’s Lake Oahe, a major water source on the Missouri River for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

The agencies will now decide whether they need to reconsider permitting decisions for the pipeline under the National Environmental Policy Act.

“The Army will move expeditiously to make this determination, as everyone involved — including the pipeline company and its workers — deserves a clear and timely resolution,” the agencies said in a statement. “In the interim, we request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.”

 

The Dakota Access Pipeline Project is an approximate 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline that would transport light, sweet crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken region through South Dakota and Iowa into Illinois.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued to stop the project after it was approved by the Army Corps of Engineers and a federal judge ruled Friday that regulators had acted properly when issuing permitting for the project, according to The Hill.

Protesters against the project — they call themselves “protectors” — are giving tree-huggers a real run for their money, as seen in the following video featuring a tearful appeal by Kandi Mossett, an activist for the Indigenous Environmental Network.

Mossett reminds us that we are made up of mostly water, although some are more full of it than others:

Tom Tillison

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