Published January 6, 2017
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II issued the following plea to those who are willing to assist the tribe to put pressure on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to issue their intent to perform an Environmental Impact Statement. Please read the following correspondence from Chairman Archambault:
Dear Water Protectors + Standing Rock Supporters,
On December 5, I announced to the world that the US Army Corps would not grant the the final easement necessary for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. You made that happen.
Now we need your help again.
The easement was not granted with the understanding that the Army Corps would now require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The EIS more fully assesses the risks of building a pipeline so close to our water supply than the previous survey method employed by Energy Transfer Partners.
The immediate next step following the announcement was for the Army Corps to publish a notice of intent to start the EIS in the Federal Register. Doing so helps solidify the decision, setting in motion a thorough regulatory process, thus making it harder for a new administration to reverse.
A month later, the Army Corps has still not taken this critical first step.
Time is now running out.
Join us in a collective call to action; call the Army Corps and ask them to take action – not only for us, the Standing Rock Sioux – but for the 17 million Americans who live downstream of the pipeline.
NOW is the time for an EIS. It must be in motion before the end of this administration.
With deep gratitude,
Chairman Dave Archambault II
This BBSNews article originally appeared on Native News Online.