Veterans Stand With Standing Rock Protesters

#NoDAPL Protest Successful

Andre Spivey

Andre has over 10 years of experience in Tech and Start-ups ranging from the advanced tech in the US Air Force to building his own educational software company Live 2 Learn Differently. His is a proud graduate of Morris Brown College and Cornell University.

Update from The Root

Updated Monday, Dec. 5, 5:30 a.m. EST:  Predictably, Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners—owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline—have made it clear that they aren’t going anywhere and that the Army Corps statement was just politricks as usual.

Read the full statement below:

For more than three years now, Dakota Access Pipeline has done nothing but play by the rules. The Army Corps of Engineers agrees, and has said so publicly and in federal court filings. The Corps’ review process and its decisions have been ratified by two federal courts. The Army Corps confirmed this again today when it stated its “policy decision” does “not alter the Army’s position that the Corps’ prior reviews and actions have comported with legal requirements.”


In spite of consistently stating at every turn that the permit for the crossing of the Missouri River at Lake Oahe granted in July 2016, comported with all legal requirements, including the use of an environmental assessment, rather than an environmental impact statement, the Army Corps now seeks to engage in additional review and analysis of alternative locations for the pipeline.


The White House’s directive today to the Corps for further delay is just the latest in a series of overt and transparent political actions by an administration which has abandoned the rule of law in favor of currying favor with a narrow and extreme political constituency.


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.


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Standing Rock and The Dakota Pipeline


Standing Rock has been a continuous controversial location throughout America the past few months because it brings all of America’s flaws and history into play.


Standing Rock causes America to question everything about America, it makes Native American genocide real, it makes racism real, it has caused us to question the cost of reckless capitalism and more.


Generations are coming to blows, and violent disagreements are erupting over this issue.


The issue centers around the construction of the Dakota Pipeline project, it is a 1700 mile project that will enable crude oil developed in North Dakota to reach other major markets throughout the United States.


Energy and oil investors believe that the end results may likely be cheaper oil throughout the U.S., and a booming economy for the areas, that it extends through.


Environmentalist, note that the 1700 mile stretch is destructive to the environment and that oil remains a temporary solution to the energy issues. There has been a growing push to move away from oil and fossil fuels as a main resource since the 1970’s.

Aggressive Oil Expansion Destroys Water


The Dakota Pipeline Project doesn’t just have an economic effect it has a personal effect on citizens and landowners throughout the country.


These companies seek to run this pipeline through the Standing Rock Native American Reservation; this is reminiscent upon Europeans’ initial entrance into the America’s that was rife with aggressive expansion at the sacrifice of Native American lives, land and culture, hundreds of years later, this practice appears to be continuously repeating itself.


Native Americans, along with Americans of all cultures and ancestry have stood together against this pipeline expansion. The Obama Administration took steps in September of 2016 to block the construction of this pipeline temporarily.


The pipeline will be built through areas, that have an adverse effect on local waterways near and around the reservation. This is especially a hot button issue as water has been a major problem throughout the past two years.


Increased amounts of led and other toxic chemicals were found in waters throughout cities all across America, from Flint, Michigan to Louisiana and other cities, these issues, of course, are mainly found in America’s poorest cities and communities.


These matters in combination with the Standing Rock issue, have brought increased attention to how we treat our water in America. The main fear or concern is that the pipeline will break and make the water from the Missouri River unusable, this fear is warranted given that since 2009, oil mishaps and accidents have increased by 60%.


Most studies show that as we increase our exploration of oil, pipeline leaks, and explosions increase. This has sparked the “Rezpect Our Water” campaign that has gone viral and gained support from activist across the world.The Black Lives Matter organization has joined in on the protest and soon a group of veterans will also be joining to stand against this expansion and construction.

(Video is from Rezpect Our Water)


Veterans For Standing Rock

As the opposition and protest to the Dakota, Pipeline has increased, the push to squelch protesters has also become more aggressive. More police, both local and outside agencies have stepped in to control protests.


Just recently the local sheriff was using Facebook as a tool to gather intelligence and later reprimand and harass those whom “checked in” at Standing Rock.


His actions prompted a counteraction by millions across the country to check in at Standing Rock henceforth, distorting any information that the sheriff gathered and protecting protesters from revenge from their local sheriffs and police departments.


The National Guard was on notice at one point in case the protest reached a certain level.


At least $10 million has been spent on squelching these protest and that numbers seem to be increasing daily. All of this caught the attention of a group of veterans, who believe that the rights of citizens at Standing Rock are being attacked by powerful corporations and rather than complain, these veterans have decided to take action.


A group known as “Veterans For Standing Rock” is deploying to the area Dec. 4th, they’ve also created a GoFundMe for support to get as many veterans there as possible.

(Video is From The Real News)

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