Dakota Access pipeline opponents just scored a huge victory

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Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline erupted in cheers on Sunday after U.S. regulators rejected a final permit needed to complete the controversial pipeline.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it won’t grant an easement that would’ve allowed the pipeline’s builders to run the conduit under Lake Oahe, a reservoir near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

The decision is an enormous victory for the thousands of people camped near the disputed construction site. 

Native American activists and their allies have insisted that the $3.8 billion project would threaten the region’s water supplies and damage sacred sites. Critics also noted the 1,170-mile pipeline would boost U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by allowing for increased oil production in North Dakota’s shale region. Read more…

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The list of musicians supporting #NoDAPL reads like a festival lineup

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An array of more than 120 musicians are voicing their support for the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.

British rock star Kate Nash is leading the effort to support the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, environmentalists and other protesters who have been at the center of a dispute over an area slated to be used in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

She’s recruited more than 100 big-name musicians, including members of Green Day, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Death Cab for Cutie, Guns & Roses and Icona Pop, to sign a letter reiterating requests to remove pipeline construction and review the environmental impact of the project. Read more…

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Drone footage shows recent clashes at #NoDAPL protest in Standing Rock

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New drone footage shot over the Thanksgiving holiday shows the continued clashes between protesters and police at Standing Rock.

Protesters comprised of Native Americans, environmentalists and their supporters have set up camp for the past few months in an effort to shut down the construction of a Dakota Access oil pipeline near Standing Rock Sioux Tribe lands.

There have been several incidents of fairly violent confrontation between protesters and law enforcement officials, and allegations of police brutality continue to spread.

Drones have become a way to document the protest, deemed #NoDAPL. Read more…

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