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…