Halt the Dakota Access Pipeline for good
For weeks, we’ve watched with deep concern the situation unfolding in North Dakota, where members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
I stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its fight. The failure of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to properly engage and consult with tribal governments, and to fully examine the potential environmental impacts of the routing of the pipeline, is disappointing and could have serious consequences. The pipeline, which would span 1,168 miles and carry 450,000 barrels of fracked oil per day across four states, poses threats to ancestral lands and sacred artifacts, drinking water, the environment, and tribal rights.
With the livelihood and heritage of tribes at stake, concerns must be fully addressed. Along with other members of the Congressional Native American Caucus, on September 14, I called upon President Obama to engage in real, meaningful, government-to-government consultation and collaboration with tribal officials.
I welcome the Administration’s recent decision to halt construction on a portion of the pipeline. Although this was a necessary action, more needs to be done. Last week, I joined with additional colleagues in the House, urging President Obama to withdraw the permits for the pipeline, halt construction of the project in areas of federal jurisdiction, and require, in addition to rigorous and meaningful tribal consultation, a comprehensive environmental review and transparent permitting process that includes public notice and participation.
Given the scale of the project and its environmental and other risks, this should have already happened. Until the federal government meets its obligations, construction of the pipeline must be stopped.
Member of Congress