“Elections have consequences.” That’s the Told Ya So of 2017: annoying and yet valid.
Among the consequences: the AP reports that the acting US Army Corp chief has authorized resumption of the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Construction is moving forward yet again, over the objections of the Standing Rock Tribe and coalitions like the Indigenous Environmental Network.
(A transnational pipeline expansion project, Keystone XL, will transport Canadian tar sands oil from Oh, Canada to Texas, Our Texas by way of Nebraska. The previous federal administration reviewed it for six years before failing to advance it.)
I’ve written about this energy construction project several times over the last six months. I’ve never been to South or North Dakota. I’m not part of the indigenous community, and I only started paying attention to climate change and energy politics a few years ago.
I still came to follow and care about the pipeline project and several of the Native communities who’ve mobilized against it because of its route through unceded Sioux land.
I’ll keep sharing updates on this pipeline until it’s stopped (ideal) or operational (increasingly more likely).