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Feds Block Route of Dakota Access Pipeline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 15:01

Dakota Access pipelinePath through water source and cultural sites stopped for now.


CANNON BALL, N.D. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota.

The decision is a victory for the several thousand camped near the construction site, who've said for months that the four-state, $3.8 billion project would threaten a water source and cultural sites.

The pipeline is largely complete except for the now-blocked segment underneath Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir. According to a news release, Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said her decision was based on the need to "explore alternate routes" for the pipeline's crossing.

"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. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."

The company constructing the pipeline, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, had said it was unwilling to reroute the project. It and the Morton County Sheriff's Office, which has done much of the policing of the protests, didn't have immediate comment.

U.S. Secretary for the Interior Sally Jewell said in a statement that the Corps' "thoughtful approach ... ensures that there will be an in-depth evaluation of alternative routes for the pipeline and a closer look at potential impacts" and "underscores that tribal rights reserved in treaties and federal law, as well as Nation-to-Nation consultation with tribal leaders, are essential components of the analysis to be undertaken in the environmental impact statement going forward."

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 December 2016 15:27
 
21st Century Cures Bill Hijacked by Big Pharma PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bold Progressives   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 14:31

money-behind-politicsThis once promising legislation to advance medical innovation has been hijacked by big money interests and lobbyists to legalize fraud and hand out special deals to GOP donors. Help progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren stop it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2016 10:18
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Democrats: Betsy DeVos Is A Danger To Public Education PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 23:18

Betsy DeVosShe has spearheaded the effort in Wisconsin to take money away from public schools to benefit unaccountable private schools, and her appointment shows these are top priorities for the President-Elect.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2016 10:18
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