Given that the earlier #NoDAPL diary (see below) is getting long and a bit whiskery, I reckoned that we’d need a more current post to keep up as events unfold further.
Don’t you just love the ever-so-quaint name ‘Energy Transfer Partners’? Er…I believe Kelcey Warren just flipped the bird to Obama, et.al.’s ‘voluntarily halting’.
“Police said they arrested 22 people at the construction site of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, claiming people were interfering with equipment. The arrests were made 70 miles northwest of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s main protest site.
The Morton County Sheriff’s Office said about 50 law enforcement police responded to events the site near Glen Ullin Tuesday after construction workers said they had been “swarmed” by protesters and that two people had “attached” themselves to equipment.”
Quite the mixed metaphors there, Sheriff. And Sheriff, they’d prefer to be called ‘protectors’, as in ‘protectors of sacred water and sacred sites’.
“The protesters face charges of criminal trespassing, and the two attached to equipment faces charges of hindering law enforcement and disorderly conduct, according to the Sheriff’s spokeswoman, Donnell Preskey, according to AP.
The site near Glen Ullin is not part of the temporary work stoppage ordered by the federal judge or the section the federal government asked Energy Transfer Partners to voluntarily stop work on last Friday.
Hundreds of people from over 200 indigenous nations have gathered in the area to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which claimed in a lawsuit filed against federal regulators that the oil pipeline would harm water supplies and disturb sacred burial and cultural sites.
The lawsuit challenges the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant about 200 permits at water crossings for the pipeline. For now, the federal government has issued a temporary halt to construction on Army Corps land around and underneath Lake Oahe, one of six reservoirs on the Missouri River. Three federal agencies also asked Energy Transfer Partners for a “voluntary pause” in work for 20 miles on either side of Lake Oahe.” (the rest is here.)
For Sept. 4 Café background: ‘Red Warrior Camp at Standing Rock Attacked by Private Security Co. Dogs
Yesterday, September 13 was designated as #StandWithStandingRock a day of national solidarity.
Oakland, NYC, DeeCee and loads more.
For better or worse, a hella lotta big brand star power is getting involved, at least on the Twit Machine; I won’t bring the Tweets from one of the worst gate-keeping offenders. Yes: my cynicism is showing. ;-)