Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

December 5, 2016

DAPL Permit Denied by Army Corps, DAPL says it will proceed anyway

Army Corps denied DAPL permit on Sunday, but DAPL owners said that nothing has changed and it will proceed as planned.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
French translation by Christine Prat at:
Dutch translation by Alice Holemans

The Army Corps of Engineers denied the Dakota Access Permit on Sunday. Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault made the announcement at Oceti Sakowin Camp, which was broadcast live on Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio.
DAPL owners responded late Sunday night and said nothing has changed.
"As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way," Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco said in a statement late Sunday night. Read DAPL owners statement:
When the announcement was made in the live broadcast water protectors were urged by speakers at Oceti Sakowin Camp not to leave. They expected DAPL to ignore the Army Corps decision and proceed as DAPL has done before.
The question now is whether President Obama will send in law enforcement or the military to halt DAPL from drilling without a permit. Otherwise, today's announcement will have no enforcement. It will be seen as another US and corporate ploy to send home water protectors, and thousands of veterans, now at Standing Rock Camp, where more than 10,000 are camped.
Army Corps announcement
Army POC: Moira Kelley said today, "The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced today.
Jo-Ellen Darcy said she based her decision on a need to explore alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing. Her office had announced on November 14, 2016 that it was delaying the decision on the easement to allow for discussions with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies 0.5 miles south of the proposed crossing. Tribal officials have expressed repeated concerns over the risk that a pipeline rupture or spill could pose to its water supply and treaty rights.
"Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it's clear that there's more work to do," Darcy said. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."
Darcy said that the consideration of alternative routes would be best accomplished through an Environmental Impact Statement with full public input and analysis.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is an approximately 1,172 mile pipeline that would connect the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North Dakota to an existing crude oil terminal near Pakota, Illinois. The pipeline is 30 inches in diameter and is projected to transport approximately 470,000 barrels of oil per day, with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels. The current proposed pipeline route would cross Lake Oahe, an Army Corps of Engineers project on the Missouri River."

Govinda was streaming from the Oceti Sakowin Camp now, Sunday afternoon.

Article copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News


Lindy said...

What a blessed day this is. I share the joy and continue sending prayers.

Island Woman MJ said...

Says max listeners reached on the live streaming. Sorry to not be hearing it, thrilled it's reached the max!

lele said...

Love and peace wins!!!

Jenny said...

Thanks and blessings to all you who sustained serious physical and mental injury. You should never have had to pay this price. We thank you for your service. Please ask all those gofundme collectors to redirect extra funds to medical bills of those in need.

Jules said...

I wish I could be more optimistic but am worried they will keep drilling and just pay the fines. They're evil.

Skye said...

Pilamaya ya and Mahalo nui loa Kakou (Hawai'ian for Thank You) to all who have sustained the peaceful resistance. Love conquers all!! Aloha mai, aloha aku . . When Love is given, love returns!!

Lois Rosewood said...
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bwinslow said...

We can't trust anything they say they're doing. Right now, the heat has been turned up, and they're trying to placate us so we'll leave that area. DO NOT TRUST ANYTHING THE US GOV'T SAYS THEY'LL DO! THEY ARE LIARS!!

Lloyd Vivola said...

Much gratitude and well wishes to the Water Protectors who have endured so long and sacrificed so much for Mother Earth and all our relations. Yet I would not begin to entertain any thought that the struggle is yet over. History instructs us so. But do carry on. Courage and clarity to Water Protectors and supporters everywhere.

Unknown said...

ACE PLANS additional work. Jan 1 2017 deadline remains for oil to flow or shipping contracts to expire

Unknown said...

Blessed be the water protectors! This is one positive step, keep progress moving forward.

Anonymous said...

I fully agree with you bwinslow...!

Anonymous said...

Tactically, this could be a move to stall the incredible momentum of the movement. This also gives Obama a face saving measure, while potentially cutting backroom deals with the banks, while suggesting they wait for Trump.

When has a permit issue ever stopped an oil company? Or capital's insatiable appetite for raw materials? Only social movements do that! Let's not walk away just yet!!


Neurotic Ape said...

Fan-fuckin-tastic. This is a huge win. But there are still many ways open for the slimy bastards to sneak around the edge. Do you think that they are just going to say Damn ! and give up ? Would you?

Unknown said...

Keystone was stopped .We have to let people be jubilant fur awhile .No one of us will become complacent in fact quite the opposite .Before it felt so hopeless .We can do this if we don't stop

Swaha said...

So sad that he said, "This pipeline had every right to go through ...". This is so utterly untrue on so many levels, and that he said it shows a still entrenched, old paradigm mindset. That said, this would seem to be a step in the right direction. It seems that global prayer had an impact!

Unknown said...

This snake is not dead.

anonymous said...

I don't trust them at all. It will take Obama and the military to make them stop. I was out there. They are vicious and could care less about the native americans, their supporters, clean water, the environment, or anything else. I hope the water protectors don't leave.

Amy S., Menifee resident said...


deonne said...

Obama Admin is directing the Army Corp of Engineers and is requiring they perform a full and complete Environmental Impact Statement, which was never done, and is just ONE of the laws DAPL has broken. Water protectors won't leave until their mission is accomplished.

Anonymous said...

Do not fall for their tricks! Record EVERYTHING!

Anonymous said...

Who at DAPL said they would keep drilling and just pay fines? I am against this pipeline but want to make sure what I am reading is true. I want to share this with more people but they are saying they checked all of mainstream media and don't see that fact being reported. Can anyone help? Thanks.

Jules2 said...

Sadly, I couldn't agree more with your concerns...

wildcat said...

From what I understand, DAPL has to fulfill their contracts by Jan. 1 or the entire project is off; or at least will demand renegotiation. They'll either drill anyway (then we'll see if the police stop them with water cannons, rubber bullets, mace, tear gas, strip searches, write numbers on them and put them in dog kennels? ) or they will be grateful this losing venture is ended before it goes any further. Maybe they can start laying infrastructure for the US instead of oil pipelines? It's never too late to work for the public good.

Unknown said...

Well stated and agreed !!!

Anonymous said...

Permit Process:
If the permit is denied, the applicant can ask for an administrative appeal of the permit decision.
So Dakota Access Pipeline Company can request an appeal.
What is the timeline?
Trump is invested in DAPL,
$500,000 to a million but said recently he sold his shares?
Trump is for DAPL.
Moving the route isnt really great.
When the earthquakes happen the pipelines will be compromised.

Director of Buzzology said...

I will stand with you at Standing Rock or wherever it is that human rights are violated. I pray that the injured heroes get their lives and health back as soon as possible with the help of funds collected.

Unknown said...

did anyone commenting with celebration read the article??!! its says they plan to PROCEED ANYWAY!!! dont send just your prayers, send money, send clothing, send food. and let people no that this is not over!!

Anonymous said...

Forgive my skepticism of the American Politician (left or right) - but it would appear that the current administration has waited 'til the very last moment for a reason - to create a win-win for itself. Posturing, but while also effectively kicking the can down the road to the next administration.

Politicians prefer to nurture and let ferment issues, and grow them into constituencies, and ultimately voter blocks rather than actually quickly and decisively solving them-which indeed is our current Washington D.C. gridlock system.

At the end of the day activists and protestors are nothing more than little pawns in the larger chess moves of the power brokers. (to quote Jim Morrison, adressing an American audience - "You're all a bunch of f-king slaves").

It always has more to do with accumulating power than it does actually solving a given issue, and I definitely suspect some of the same logic in play here. Further, the wet dream of a politician is to manage to be on both sides of an issue and get away with it - whisper in one ear, and broadcast to the other. Tell me that isn't what's just happened ?

This win-win really has nothing to do with what's good for Mother Earth - it's for what's good for a politician and a political party, and a much larger world agenda of people like George Soros trying to capitalize.

I just hope thru all of the noise - that the wisdom of the elders can be heard by a good number of people around the world, because it's rare that they are truly offered the pulpit like this opportunity arises - and I hope that they aren't drowned out by Politicals, and that the issue isn't hijacked by the Occupy crowd and the Alinskyites.

As of Sunday Eve./Monday Morning - this has actually managed finally to be 1 of the top 3 news stories in the National News Media.

It would be nice to see and hear from the elders, who are larger than all of these games, right and left.

There is a very good chance that this will soon explode - and become a "HUGE" story, and theatre the way "he" likes and engineers - but he should realize just how he's being set-up, by the "win-win" or his predecessor. When/If it does - I hope to see a national press conference with an American Indian elder addressing the entire nation. If he was smart, and able to make exceptions to his agenda, it could actually become the defining issue of his time in office - and a chance to be a truly different non-politician, and a lot less scary for a lot of people. But maybe I shouldn't write too much here, to enable another hollow symbolic populist move that leaves him looking like a genius with an end run around the system as we know it.

Hopefully there won't be a mass-shooting or terrorist attack the same day or week, when this reaches it's peak feverish pitch in the main-stream news like it now has the potential to, ad like so often seems to conveniently happen when there is "other" news going on that I actually do want to see.

I don't think I'm going to vote again until a full blooded traditional American Indian is at the top of the ticket (...and not the 2nd fiddle to Larry Flynt sorta thing that was such a shame).

The world desperately needs to learn, and have it's collective consciousness moved forward from the centuries ignored universal truths and the laws of nature from the wisdom of the only sustainable culture this land has ever known.

From where I sit, it's the only proven thing tangible that really holds hope for the future of this planet - and opportunities likes this just don't come around often, if ever, and for that matter - a direct showdown, and war of words between PEOTUS and the wisest American Indian Elders, may be the long awaited opportunity for this.

"It's a good day to LIVE" ~Marcellus "Bear Heart" Williams

-With gratitude and respect for all that lives.
Again sorry for being "Anonymous from N.J. w/. Lyme Disease on a good day"

PS- I'm not a robot.

Ajijaak said...

It is a chess game. Sure the opponent can take the enemies pawn but eventually the enemy will take the King or Queen! Not a victory folks... the struggle continues!

Anonymous said...

Then make them pay for it. Make the fines hurt, say, 100 million a day for drilling.

The Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimates Warren's net worth at $7.3 billion. The polished mahogany desk in his office is draped with maps of bountiful natural gas and oil fields that Energy Transfer now serves after a five-year, $40 billion acquisition binge.

Anonymous said...

Human made Earthquakes from FRACKING. FIRE is the danger from ruptured (tore up) gas pipelines and ruptured oil tanks.
Unstoppable inferno of fire can burn for days.
Kelcy (ETP) prefers killing Indians over Bismarck whites

Sharon K said...

It is only a small victory, we have a much bigger war ahead of us.

Unknown said...

I am against the pipeline too but apparently you don't understand much about geology if you think that fracking caused earthquakes. Fault lines in the earth cause earth quakes. Please don't make the people protesting the pipeline get discredited as idiots with your dime store rhetoric

Anonymous said...

USGS(United States Geological Survey): The injection of wastewater & water in fracking into the subsurface causes Earthquakes.
Human made earthquakes.
Injection of the massive amounts of fracking wastewater have greater effects in particular areas of fault lines. (Not all fault lines are known!) Dangerous.

Anonymous said...

Keep Standing

Tavalah said...

They said it themselves, in a statement to their investors. It's on I have the link on my iPad, but I'm on my laptop at the moment.

Censored News, publisher Brenda Norrell said...

HI, Thanks, yes the DAPL statement link is in this article. Also, Twitter has censored Censored News links for more than a month. Sometimes you can post our links by using a Tiny URL. Thanks everyone, Brenda DAPL:

Anonymous said...

Some humans are stupid, they polluted the air.
They looked up into the sky and said "we can burn whatever poisons we want into the air because the sky is limitless."
We felt the sky is limitedless too with fresh air, blue skies, and dramatic clouds that surprise & astound our souls.
Mother, father, older brother;
do you remember when your eyes saw the earth as wonderful?
When you climbed your first tree and could see so far?
Do you remember swimming, sledding, or a winter's walk in the snow that is so exhilarating that you think you have never felt this alive before ?
Or, When one day you felt so sad & you could not find a friend ?
And you ran outside, and ran and ran until you fell into the grass and cried?
When you opened your eyes and saw tiny little ants, hundreds of ants, busy together?
You drew in your breath, your lips stopped trembling and you did not feel so alone ?
Can you come back to seeing;
The earth is your mother.

Rutybear said...

Agreed. Unfortunately the protests STILL haven't succeeded in awareness through understanding either.
What I haven't heard about this is the obvious reach out: imagine if a rich corpoation took over your home without your consent and locked you out with all your posessions and momentos still inside. Imagine if, after randsacking and damaging your home and the things in it they let you back in, but when you fixed everything up your water was poisoned and your family and your neighbours got sick and the corporation didn't care and no one else would help you. How would you feel? That is DAPL if it succeeds. This is not over.

Unknown said...
"Protecting landowner interests and the local environment is a top priority of the Dakota Access Pipeline project" is the wording for this link at

If these companies were so worried about the environment and landowners, why were the people at Standing Rock ignored, berated, assaulted, arrested and tortured? The Native Americans have little land left as it is. These lands are sacred to them. Why did it take Veterans going to stand between the camp and the militarized police to get the pipeline halted? This shows what our government and big oil companies truly think of the Native people of this country.