Dakota Pipeline Project Halted – US Army Stops Easement

The U.S. Army announced today that will will NOT grant easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline Crossing. Jo-Ellen Darcy, The Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, said she “wants to explore other options for the pipeline crossing.”

The route has been the subject for months, with protests by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and others.  They have argued the pipeline threatens a water source and cultural sites.

The company constructing the pipeline, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, and the Morton County Sheriff’s Office didn’t have any  immediate comment.

It was reported that there was in fact several meetings by project leaders with community leaders, local officials and organizations to listen to concerns and fine-tune the route, but they all could not come together in agreement on the route.

They will sit down for additional meetings to come to a unanimous public agreement with project leaders, tribes and local officials, determining a deviated route.