While protests have spread to cities across the nation, police in North Dakota have responded by spraying protestors with water cannons in subfreezing weather, shooting them with rubber bullets and firing tear gas into the protest areas:
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe say they object to the $3.7 billion pipeline because it would endanger their drinking water and damage sacred ground:
Trump owns a large stake, between $500,000 and $1 million, in the pipeline company. The company donated $100,000 to a Trump campaign committee:
The pipeline was rerouted close to the Sioux Reservation after residents of Bismarck, which is 92 percent White, objected to it running by their city:
The plan for the pipeline is for it to go under a lake that is partly in the Sioux Reservation. The Lake Oahe Dam forced Native Americans to move when it flooded their lands.
So, first the lake destroyed part of the Sioux Reservation where they were forced to live after Whites stole their original lands, and now the pipeline could pollute their drinking water. And when the Sioux people object to the pipeline, they are met with violence from the local police.
Millions of people depend on the nearby Missouri River for drinking water.
NBC News pipeline page:
NBC News has been doing a great job in reporting about the pipeline controversy. The stories have been thorough and unflinching in getting to the heart of the controversy, reporting about why the topic matters, putting the issue in context and in displaying an unbroken chain of stories about the pipeline and the protests. Videos and still photos add immediacy and visual impact.
Democracy Now’s coverage of the pipeline controversy:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers orders protestors to leave encampment by Dec. 5:
Why isn’t President Obama doing more to bring a peaceful resolution to the pipeline standoff?
Update: In a victory for protestors, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has blocked the pipeline for now and will seek an alternate route. The Trump administration, however, could reverse the decision and allow the pipeline construction to continue:
And, of course, Trump does the wrong thing and approves the pipeline with an executive order:
The pipeline’s opponents say a huge oil spill in North Dakota validates their concerns. The video of the protestors braving the fierce winter cold is both amazng and inspiring:
Neil Young’s song about the pipeline: