Get that? The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is “being constructed.” Which means – it’s already been approved. By FIVE different governments.
The pipeline will run through four states. And all four of those states’ governments approved the pipeline. And guess who else approved it? The Barack Obama Administration – via its aforementioned Army Corps of Engineers.
So the DAPL folks did exactly what they were supposed (forced) to do. They played Mother-May-I with five different governments – and received five go-aheads.
And now President Obama has after-the-fact, retroactively pulled the rug out from under them. Hello, uncertainty.
And in so doing, is siding with the liars and thugs who have been blocking the already-approved project.
Up to and including the ridiculous New York Times’ ridiculous Bill McKibben – who last week defended the indefensible in a ridiculous screed entitled “Why Dakota Is the New Keystone.” The title isn’t even true. DAPL was approved by the Feds (and everyone else) – the Keystone Pipeline was not.
McKibben having joined with the liars and thugs in word – word is he will today be joining with them in deed. In person, in North Dakota, helping to continue to block lawful commerce from being conducted.
Who are the these liars and thugs? The Standing Rock Sioux Indian Tribe – and their environmentalist-radical trail lawyers from EarthJustice.
How are they liars?
The Disingenuous Duo has filed a lawsuit to block the pipeline, in which they claim: “Neither [Dakota Access] nor the Corps ever consulted with the Tribe…or had invited their participation as the Tribe had repeatedly requested.”
Except: “A basic examination of documents provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state utility boards, as well as filings by the Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia showsthe (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) and environmental allies met with regulators multiple times, and filed over a hundred comments throughout state and federal review periods. Filings also show that Dakota Access made seven attempts to meet with the tribe directly but were rejected every time.” (Emphasis ours.)
So, they’re liars.
How are they thugs?
The Morton County (North Dakota) Sheriff’s Department has issued a statement (and offered up some pictures) in which they catalog the very peaceful protesters’ very peaceful protests. Up to and including:
A woman firing multiple gun shots at the police line,
Protesters throwing Molotov Cocktails at officers,
Two officers receiving minor injuries after being hit by logs and other debris,
Protesters setting numerous fires to vehicles and other debris; at least nine vehicles plus construction equipment was torched. (For reference, the photos that show the burned out vehicles on the bridge are located at Backwater Bridge on Highway 1806.),
142 people were arrested on Thursday and Friday bringing the number of protesters who have been arrested in the County for illegal acts since August 10 to 411.
So, they’re thugs.
All of this lying and thuggery – now tacitly endorsed by the President of the United States.