Standing Rock Sioux tribe says POTUS is breaking law with Dakota Access order – Oliver Milman Thursday 26 January 2017 13.32 EST


 A man walks through the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota Tuesday. Photograph: Terray Sylvester/Reuters


A man walks through the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota Tuesday. Photograph: Terray Sylvester/Reuters

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has called POTUS’s decision to push forward the controversial Dakota Access pipeline “utterly alarming”, and warned the president that rushing through the project would break federal law.

On Tuesday, POTUS signed an executive order instructing the army corps of engineers to “review and approve in an expedited manner” the Dakota Access project, an 1,100-mile pipeline that would take oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota to Illinois.

The army corps of engineers is undertaking an environmental impact statement over concerns that the pipeline could contaminate the Standing Rock Sioux’s drinking water at Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The pipeline would cross the Missouri river, the tribe’s main source of drinking water, and pass close to the tribal reservation.

POTUS’ order asks the army to consider “whether to withdraw” the environmental review, despite the fact it is already under way, with a public comment period that closes on 20 February.

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