Department of Energy Drops Funding of the Deep Borehole Field Test Near Reservation

Published May 24, 2017

EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA — According to the Department of Energy’s website the agency has decided to not fund the Deep Borehole Field Test project which was planned to be located less than 10 miles the oldest inhabited village in South Dakota known as Cherry Creek.

Cherry Creek, South Dakota is directly across the Cheyenne River from the predicted site. The Cheyenne River is also under attack from TransCanada who is planning to build the Keystone XL pipeline which would cross the river upstream of Cherry Creek.

The environmentally beleaguered community sits at the confluence of the Cheyenne River and Cherry Creek which is the community’s namesake. The residence of the community live in a remote location and have been vigorously fighting for the environment to include having a constant presence in the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance.

The news of the Deep Borehole Field Test project not being funded comes as a large relief from the residents who did not get the opportunity to consult with the facilitators of the project despite being the closest village to the potential nuclear waste disposal site.

Chairman Harold Frazier stated, “I am very happy at the news that the projected has not been funded. This project was yet another transgression on treaty lands and we can focus our resources on other fights. It saddens me that this decision was made on fiscal and not on moral grounds but I am sure once this project gets funded again we will face this enemy again.”

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