On Sunday afternoon, the Obama administration and the United States Army Corps of Engineers announced the denial of the easement to Dakota Access, LLC to drill under Lake Oahe and the Missouri River for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers say they will conduct an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) and explore other routing possibilities. This remarkable victory at Standing Rock by nonviolent indigenous activists over formidable energy companies is an historic moment.
Should we celebrate this important turn of events in the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota and simply go home? Not so fast!