A victory for social justice: President Obama halts the construction of controversial pipeline

From Wikimedia Commons
From Wikimedia Commons

After months and months of a standoff that could have cost American lives, cooler heads wil prevail.

In a move that could define the end of his presidency, Barack Obama has ordered the US Army to half construction of the polarizing Dakota pipeline that intruded upon Native American land, and represented an enviormental danger to the different waterways and animals that currently occupy the land.

From CNN

The Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army’s assistant secretary for civil works announced Sunday.

Jo-Ellen Darcy said she based her decision on a need to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing. This comes three weeks after a November 14 announcement from her office that delayed the decision after protests from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their supporters.


“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Darcy said in her statement. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”

At a time in which most Americans have written off the importance of big government, Obama has made a move that will save lives.

Winter was setting in, the water protectors were standing their ground, and the attending law enforcement was carrying out unacceptable methods of deterrance.

They even were going to cut suppliy lines  to the the water protectors, and this is after using tear gas, dogs, water cannons, and deafening music.


This situation was not unlike the standoff at Waco, or Ruby Ridge, and in both those cases, the actors had weapons.

These peaceful demonstrators did not, they simply were packing resolve, and they won.

Now that construction on the pipeline has been halted, the protestors should work with the Obama administration to end the demonstration, and embrace the preservation of the sacred land they have fought so hard for.

Horray for the good guys Tastie Fish.



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