With today’s decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to deny the final permit necessary to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline across the Missouri River and lands held sacred by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their many supporters, and to instead initiate a process to develop an environmental impact statement that explores alternative routes, Save Our wild Salmon extends our congratulations and gratitude to the Water Protectors for their commitment and perseverance.
We also thank the Obama Administration for its decision to stop construction and begin a full and fair comprehensive review of the issues and impacts and identify alternative routes for the pipeline, and hope the incoming Administration will honor this decision and process.
This decision by the Army Corps is a potent reminder of the power of peaceful protest and the good things that result when many people work together and stand together to defend essential values - in this case the health of our lands and our waters and honoring our nation’s treaty obligations to Tribal people.
SOS stands in solidarity with the Water Protectors and congratulates them on this victory. Clean water in rivers and lakes that are drinkable, swimmable and fishable must be a top priority in order to keep our nation and its people healthy and strong.