February 6, 2017
Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145
Washington, DC – Reversing a decision it made in December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will approve the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Missouri River.
Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement:
“We are disappointed with this decision and the reversal of the Corps’ determination in December that the project needed a thorough environmental review, along with the consideration of alternatives. A change in administration does not change the requirements of the law.”
“American Rivers supports the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s efforts to secure clean water for its people now and in the future. The tribe is a sovereign nation and has every right to protect the health and safety of its members as well as the lands and waters vital to its culture and heritage. The Dakota Access Pipeline deserves a full environmental review, with meaningful consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.”
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American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 250,000 members, supporters and volunteers.