In North Dakota, water protectors resisting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline have scored a historic victory. On Sunday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline, a permit to drill underneath Lake Oahe on the Missouri River—officially halting construction. The pipeline is slated to carry crude oil from the Bakken oilfields of North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa and into Illinois, where it’s slated to link up to another pipeline to carry the oil down to refineries in the Gulf.
The Obama administration stepped in on Sunday to permanently halt and reroute the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, the site of a seven-month standoff with tribal water protectors of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, announced that the Department of the Army “will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.”