The Black Snake is not Dead! The Final Decision of the Army Corps of Engineers Will not be Decided Until Trump Takes Office.
By RaDonna Fox | December 5th, 2016
The Black Snake Dakota Access Pipeline funded by Energy Transfer Partners is not dead, not even close.
There is only one mile of pipeline left to be laid and there are multiple reports out of Cannon Ball, North Dakota that Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) has not ceased construction and is continuing to build even though the Army Corps has told them cease building until they can determine how the Dakota Access Pipeline may affect the drinking water of the Sioux of the Standing Rock Reservation. Should they choose to continue, which they have openly stated they will, they will no longer have police protection and will be fined $50,000 a day. According to http://thefreethoughtproject.com/ that is exactly what ETP intends to do.
Here is the statement from Energy Transfer Partners/Sunoco Logistics:
“As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.”
What this means is that Black Snake Dakota Access Pipeline construction is not dead and will continue regardless of what the Army Corps of Engineers has to say about it, regardless of the fines.
It was prematurely believed that the construction of the pipeline would cease until further notice from the Army Corps of Engineers regarding an enforcement of an easement of land which would permit the pipeline to run beneath Lake Oahe.
Tom Goldtooth, a member of the Lakota people from Minnesota and co-founder of Indigenous Environmental Network, said he expected Trump to try to reverse the decision of the Army Corps and has stated, "I think we're going to be in this for the long haul. That's what my fear is."
The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners as well as Kelcy Warren have donated significant amounts to fund the Trump campaign, and it is important to note that Trump has investments in both ETP and Phillips 66.
“As of Trump's mid-2016 financial disclosure form, his stake in ETP was between $15,000 and $50,000, down from between $500,000 and $1 million in mid-2015. He had between $100,000 and $250,000 in shares of Phillips, according to federal forms.”
Many hundreds of thousands of people celebrated the Army Corps ruling to halt the build, but the celebration is very premature. The transition team of Donald Trump has openly stated that they support the build and will be reviewing the project after the Predident-elect takes office.
David Archambault has said that he hopes to speak with Mr. Trump regarding the Black Snake Dakota Access Pipeline and he believes that “Nothing will happen this winter." "The current administration did the right thing and we need to educate the incoming administration and help them understand the right decision was made."
It is apparent that ETP intends to continue the build and the Trump will support the build once in office. Here is what you can do to help.
Right now please continue to donate to the people of Standing Rock directly at:
Immediately divest from the following banks, if you have money in these banks take it to a locally owned credit union.
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ*
SMBC Nikko Securities*
These banks are funding the Bakken pipeline:
Royal Bank of Scotland
ABN Amro Capital
Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)
Bank of America
Sumitomo Mitsui Bank
Royal Bank of Canada
Origin Bank (formerly Community Trust)
May the final victory be theirs, yours, and ours, for water truly is life!