WHAT IT IS
- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing the Army Corps of Engineers, arguing they violated the National Historic Preservation Act
- The North Dakota Oil Pipeline (NDAP) is a 1,172-mile underground oil pipeline running from North Dakota to Illinois
- The $3.7 billion project was publicly announced in July 2014
WHY IT MATTERS
The North Dakota Oil Pipeline brings to light overarching environmental and racial issues as well as highlights how political decisions could be driven largely by personal motives—case in point: the pipeline is directly tied to the economic and financial interest of President-elect, Donald Trump. Moreover, we’re the generation that is going to be impacted most by environmental and economic changes.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- The Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for a critical part of the pipeline to be built.
- This halt in production is largely due to pressure from large scale protests, extreme Veteran support, and viral perpetuation via social media.
- In early February, President Trump gave an executive order that required the Army Corps to review and approve construction of the pipeline—a direct reversal of former President Obama’s efforts.
- Trump has a personal financial investment in the project. He had between $500,000 and $1 million in shares of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP)—the pipeline’s lead developers. ETP CEO also donated $100,000 to Trump’s presidential campaign.
- In retaliation to Trump’s executive order, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed a court challenge asking for a temporary restraining order that would halt construction.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
- The impact social media has had on this issue.
- Racial tensions in the United States
- The role Native American populations play in publicity of environmental issues