DAPL dispatch


Monday (Nov. 20) marked one year since a nighttime standoff between water protectors and police forces over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

For more than half a year, Native water protectors and non-Native allies resisted the controversial pipeline by gathering at the Oceti Sakowin camp, a place owned by the Army Corp of Engineers but within historic boundaries of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

The "Backwater Bridge" standoff last year left at least two dozen anti-pipeline demonstrators seriously injured and over 100 people with hypothermic conditions.

While then-President Barack Obama promised a lengthy environmental review of the pipeline project after that incident, President Donald Trump reversed course and expedited the completion of the pipeline. It has been operational since earlier this year.

The Oceti Sakowin camp came to an end in March, but its inhabitants dispersed and set up similar camps to resist other oil and gas pipeline projects around the United States and Canada.

One of the most controversial of those projects is TransCanada's Keystone pipeline. Regulators in South Dakota announced last week (Nov. 16) that at least 210,000 gallons of oil leaked from that pipeline.

On Monday (Nov. 20), energy regulators in Nebraska gave their approval for the Keystone XL pipeline to be built through their state.