Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Mike Faith, Jr. released a report today, outlining the shortcomings of a recent Corps of Engineers study on the potential environmental impacts of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Tribe’s report shed light on a litany of violations by ETP/Sunoco, the operator of Dakota Access, and suggests that the environmental risk to the Standing Rock Reservation from DAPL is far greater than estimated by the Corps.
The Corps of Engineers had been ordered by federal judge James Boasberg to prepare an additional environmental study on the impacts to Tribal hunting and fishing rights and the environmental justice impacts of the Dakota Access Pipeline, as well as to address conflicting expert opinions over the pipeline’s impact. Chairman Faith rejects the findings in the Corps of Engineers’ October, 2018 report. He stated, “We identified important concerns to the Corps given ETP/Sunoco’s alarming spill record, such as the impacts to traditional medicinal plants along the river, and how many of our people hunt and fish for subsistence, and are put at increased health risks from an oil spill. The Corps of Engineers ignored our concerns, once again.”
Chairman Faith also noted the Tribe’s concern with the impacts Read More