DAPL oil flowing is a “disappointment” says Standing Rock Tribal Chairman

Dennis Ward
APTN National News
The $4.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is now in service with oil flowing according to its owner Energy Transfer Partners.

Last fall, the DAPL was the focus of intense and often violent protests and actions by law enforcement.

The fight against the pipeline was led by thousands of grassroots Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from around the world and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault, who was recently acquitted of charges of disorderly conduct in relation to the protests, said the system isn’t working for Indigenous peoples.

“It goes to show that this administration and court system failed us again,” said Archambault.

The Tribal Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe called the announcement “disappointing” and said the Tribe is still continuing with its efforts to have the permit revoked.

“Now more than ever poses a risk to the drinking water of millions of people.”

The Tribe is asking the courts to call for a full Environmental Assessment Impact Study (EAIS) on the project.

The previous Obama Administration halted the project before leaving office and called for an EAIS. That decision was reversed in the early days of the new Trump Administration.

A decision Archambault said was done for political reasons.

The Tribe is awaiting a court decision.

Archambault was found innocent on Wednesday of disorderly conduct charges that were laid in August of 2016. The case was delayed numerous times and it only took a jury a matter of minutes to find him not guilty.

The Tribal Chairman is thankful the matter was finally settled and said it had been hanging over his head for months.

The Tribal Chairman said he is not surprised by the revelations this week that a private security firm was hired by the oil company.

Documents obtained by an online magazine indicate, TigerSwan which was founded by retired military special forces members conducted an aggressive, multifaceted operation against protesters that included a close working relationship with public law enforcement.

“There was always the assumption that there were infiltrators,” said Archambault.

However, he is surprised by how much influence they may have had over law enforcement and over political officials.

“It’s a lesson for us as we move forward” and “an eye opener” said Archambault who predicts there will be many more battles going forward citing the KXL pipeline.

Host, Producer / Winnipeg

Dennis is Metis from southern Manitoba. After spending a decade working in TV in Alberta and Ontario, Dennis returned to Manitoba to join APTN’s Winnipeg bureau as reporter/correspondent in September 2014. In 2016, he won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his story A Soldier Scorned for APTN Investigates. In 2017, he became a host/producer for APTN National News and Face to Face. In 2020, Dennis and co host Melissa Ridgen were nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor, National.

1 thought on “DAPL oil flowing is a “disappointment” says Standing Rock Tribal Chairman

  1. Opposition to the pipeline is based on complete nonsense.
    Thousands of miles of pipeline criss-cross America.
    Nobody’s water will be polluted.
    AGW is a scam. The Paris Accord has nothing to do with climate.
    If man-caused climate change were a fact, scientists wouldn’t have to hide their data, use crooked methods, and hound their opponents relentlessly.
    The “peer review” process has been corrupted, as has science.
    Get smart.

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