Although the Army Corp of Engineers was instructed to proceed with the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline that does not mean the project has been approved. You can still make a difference. The period for public comment remains open until February 20.
ICMN Staff • January 25, 2017
With President Donald Trump’s signing of presidential memos to fast-track review and development of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and Keystone XL, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its supporters say it’s more important now than ever for people throughout the country who are opposed to DAPL to register their disapproval with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Army Corps of Engineers on January 18 date initiated its Environmental Impact Statement, part of which involves a 30-day period in which the Corps invites members of the public to weigh in on the project. The public has until February 20 to comment about the environmental impacts of DAPL at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website. With less than 28 days to go, organizers say that now is the chance for people nationwide to speak up.
Send your letters to:
Mr. Gib Owen, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, 108 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-0108
Or send your comments by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Use subject line NOI Comments, Dakota Access Pipeline Crossing)
You can find ready-made forms for either method in the following article. 1. [Hillary Hanson, Huffington Post, January 31, 2017. Available: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/public-comments-dakota-access-pipepline_us_5890e57fe4b0c90eff009b6a]↩
Your comments should identify potential issues, concerns, and reasonable alternatives for consideration in the EIS, as well as the rights of the Native people on the front lines.
“While the EIS is exactly what we called for, we must ensure that it fully takes into consideration tribal treaty rights, natural resources, cultural and sacred places, socio-economical concerns, and environmental justice,” the tribe said in a statement on January 18. “We need your continued support as this process moves forward. Submit a comment to the Civil Works Division, and help us show the Army that #MillionsStandWithStandingRock.”