Senate Members: DAPL -No Permit?

Top Senate Democrats are questioning whether the builder and manager of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) had a permit to construct a controversial stretch of the project near tribal land and water sources.

We are concerned that Energy Transfer Partners or its subsidiaries might have been drilling under Lake Oahe without a permit and while project approval was under a court challenge given news reports and court documents showing that the pipeline is close to completion 50 days ahead of schedule,” the senators wrote.

The letter comes from Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and Tom Carper (D-DE), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works.

They argued that the Corps has provided “virtually no information to Congress regarding its oversight of the project” and that the Corps’ actions have left real questions over whether it made “efforts to make sure that Energy Transfer Partners complies with even the most fundamental environmental, safety and mitigation conditions of its easement and permits.”

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe all continue to battle Energy Transfer Partners and the U.S. government in federal court on multiple legal fronts.

The senators further asked the Corps to clarify its well-reported lack of tribal consultation on this matter.

“Given the federal government’s trust and treaty responsibilities to tribes affected by this project, we also seek information regarding how the Corps has engaged with affected tribal communities and the extent to which tribes have been appropriately consulted and informed during any permitting and construction activity,” the senators wrote. “Has the Corps made a determination that compliance with President Trump’s Executive Memorandum satisfies the federal government’s obligation to meet its trust and treaty obligations to affected tribal governments?”

We are in search of a copy of this letter and what will transpire next. Some are suggesting that the pipeline will be stopped if it is proven unsafe. We think this can result in a full EIS if the right ears get the news.
Several  Sources Reporting “Letter”
Credit: Indian Country Media Network

5 thoughts on “Senate Members: DAPL -No Permit?”

  1. You’ll find a copy of the letter here

    When researching the routing of DAPL a PER CAP IMPACT INDICATOR and PROJECT THRESHOLDS STATISTICAL OBSERVANCE of how many people would be affected by a leak north of Bismarck the PER CAP IMPACT INDICATOR stated Bismarck had a relatively large amount of people who would be affected, however the number of people affected by a leak in Lake Oahe was listed as zero. What this means they felt is there was not one single person out of 18 million people who would be directly affected WHEN the pipeline breaks who were even considered.

    Energy Transfer Partners could have done an environment impact statement which is what the tribe originally asked for. Instead there was an environment assessment, which is the lowest level of review because DAPL successfully used Nationwide Permit 12, which is a general permit designed for small scale personal projects, like a boat ramp or connecting a house to a gas-line. DAPL used Nationwide Permit 12 as a way to segment this 1,172 mile pipeline into little pieces, and just count one little piece at a time.

    The questions not asked were: How would the Dakota Access Pipeline be different from other pipelines? How a will leak impact the soil? How long is it expected to take before it starts leaking? Being under Lake Oahe how long before someone even notices the leak?

    Some people have tried to argue the tribe ignored the meetings, however the majority of the so called missed meetings were not missed. It was just reported as so. 1st Nations represpentatives would show up (all that is required) and be ignored and tromped over in favor of the pipeline. There were multiple closed meetings. The 2007 Resolution by Standing Rock prohibited any pipeline in the treaty area;, scheduled meetings were moved without mention or notice, how we were told we could speak when bringing attention to various agenda’s yet not allowed to.

    The 2014 recorded meeting specifically stated by Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II that while the pipeline crosses less than a mile north of the reservation boundary, the tribe recognizes its treaty boundaries and passed a resolution in 2012 opposing pipelines within the those boundaries. Even though The Bismarck Tribune has scrubbed the article, they are as complicit as Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier and Governor Jack Dalrmple. Meet the Youth; at the Heart of the Standing Rock Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline – Internet USA News Today” has the recording, you’ll find it at approximately the 13 minute mark and Dave Archambault is very specific in the tribes stance against the pipeline has now been scrubbed as well.

  2. Energy Transfer partner used corrupted means from the start of this project. It must be stopped and these folks held accountable for their actions. NO DAPL!

  3. i feel if they win then standing rock should be given there property back and everything they lost should be given back to them and everything that was damaged should be payed to them

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