News is coming thick and fast as protests over the new Dakota Access pipeline heat up. In the latest developments, drug a federal appeals court ruled that it will take more time to consider a request for an emergency injunction against the pipeline from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Meanwhile, viagra 60mg last Friday the US Army Corps of Engineers set the stage for protests to continue indefinitely, viagra 40mg by issuing a Special Use Permit for protesters to legally occupy federal land at Lake Oahe.

While all this is unfolding, a major new pipeline spill in Alabama has provided the Dakota Access protesters with a vivid demonstration of the risks and hazards posed by oil pipelines near sensitive lands.

US Army Welcomes Dakota Access Protesters To Stay Indefinitely
US Army Corps Welcomes Dakota Access Protesters

The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was instrumental in passing the Dakota Access project through the permitting process, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a member of the fossil fuel fan club.

In fact, USACE has been front and center in the Defense Department’s clean energy transition.

Take a look at a recent USACE ruling against a new coal terminal in Washington State, and you’ll also see a federal agency that is beginning to leverage tribal concerns and treaty rights in order to fulfill an environmental stewardship mission.

Lake Oahe extends from Pierre, South Dakota, to Bismark, North Dakota. It is managed by USACE and it has become a flashpoint in the protests against Dakota Access.

When the protests erupted onto the national radar earlier this month, the Obama Administration asked the pipeline developer, Energy Transfer Partners, to voluntarily halt construction within 20 miles of the lake.

The new USACE ruling enable the protesters to continue occupying a site near Lake Oahe south of the Cannonball River, as a matter of free speech. The ruling effectively supports a large encampment that has hosted thousands of protesters. Here’s an explainer from Native News Online:

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