Obama to betray Standing Rock

SUBHEAD: Green light could come just one day ahead of national #NoDAPL rallies on Tuesday.

By Deirdre Fulton on 11 November 2016 for Common Dreams -

Image above: President Barack Obama interacts with children while flanked by first lady Michelle Obama and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman David Archambault II at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota in June 2014. From original article.

UPDATE: The Obama administration said late Friday afternoon that no decision has been made on the disputed easement for the Dakota Access pipeline.

Even as water protectors continued to face off against police on Friday in North Dakota, news outlets reported that the Obama administration is set to approve the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) as early as Monday.

Citing "two sources familiar with the timing," Politico said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could approve a disputed easement within days, which would allow pipeline construction—on hold since September—to continue across the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux's reservation.

The Standing Rock tribe is vehemently opposed to the project, saying it threatens water supplies and sacred sites.

Amid such opposition, Politico reported, "the prospect of a Monday announcement is raising concerns that nationwide protests planned for Tuesday could turn uncivil."

"That risk of escalating tension may yet prompt the administration to postpone its decision until later in the week," the outlet continued, "to add additional safety requirements to the easement that the Army Corps of Engineers first put on hold in September—or to change course entirely."

Meanwhile, according to Reuters, at least 39 protesters were arrested at the construction site in Mandan, North Dakota, on Friday.

Pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners said earlier this week it was mobilizing drilling equipment in preparation to tunnel under Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri River.

The Army Corps had previously asked the company to "voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe," and on Friday it suggested that to do so might result in fines or legal action.

Still, Donald Trump's election on Tuesday led many to believe the $3.7 billion pipeline's completion was all but inevitable.

Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren—a donor to Trump's campaign—said Friday on "CBS This Morning" that he was "100 percent confident" the president-elect would ensure DAPL is built.

Now, it seems he won't even have to wait that long.

Image above: President Barack quoted in news article. "you will not be forgotten as long as I'm in the White House. Indians will hve a seat at the table when important decisions are being made about your lives. Washington can't - and shouldn't - dictate a policy agenda for Indian country. Trible nations do better when they make their own decisions." - President Obama, November 5, 2009.

See also:
Ea O Ka Aina: Trump impact on Standing Rock 11/12/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Ann Wright on Standing Rock 11/8/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Turning Point at Standing Rock 11/6/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Jackson Browne vs DAPL owner 11/5/16
Democracy Now: Boycott of DAPL Owner's Music Festival
Ea O Ka Aina: World responds to NoDAPL protests 11/5/16
Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL victory that was missed 11/5/16
Ea O Ka Aina: DAPL hid discovery of Sioux artifacts 11/5/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Dakota Access Pipeline will leak 11/5/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Route of the Dakota Access Pipeline 11/4/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Sanders calls for stopping DAPL 11/4/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Obama hints at DAPL rerouting 11/3/16
Ea O Ka Aina: New military attack on NODAPL 11/3/16
Ea O Ka Aina: How to Support NoDAPL 11/3/16
Unicorn Riot: Tweets from NoDAPL 11/2/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Standing Rock & the Ballot Box 10/31/16
Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL reclaim new frontline 10/24/16
Ea O Ka Aina: How far will North Dakota go? 10/23/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Amy Goodman "riot" charge dropped 10/17/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Amy Goodwin to face "Riot Charge" 10/16/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Shutdown of all tar sand pipelines 10/11/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Why Standing Rock is test for Oabama 10/8/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Why we are Singing for Water 10/8/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Labor's Dakota Access Pipeline Crisis 10/3/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Standing Firm for Standing Rock 10/3/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Contact bankers behind DAPL 9/29/16
Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL demo at Enbridge Inc 9/29/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Militarized Police raid NoDAPL 9/28/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Stop funding of Dakota Access Pipeline 9/27/16
Ea O Ka Aina: UN experts to US, "Stop DAPL Now!" 9/27/16
Ea O Ka Aina: No DAPL solidarity grows 9/21/16
Ea O Ka Aina: This is how we should be living 9/16/16
Ea O Ka Aina: 'Natural Capital' replacing 'Nature' 9/14/16
Ea O Ka Aina: The Big Difference at Standing Rock 9/13/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Jill Stein joins Standing Rock Sioux 9/10/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Pipeline temporarily halted 9/6/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Native Americans attacked with dogs 9/5/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Mni Wiconi! Water is Life! 9/3/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Sioux can stop the Pipeline 8/28/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Officials cut water to Sioux 8/23/16   

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