December 5, 2016 News

‘Monumental victory’: DAPL rerouting decision hailed by social media

Standing Rock Sioux donate supplies to law enforcement – offer amazing lesson in compassion

 * * * Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners respond to statement from Department of the Army: “Committed to finish and not reroute Dakota Access Pipeline”  . . . No matter what this article seems to say, I’ll attempt to call a spade a spade — it appears that this is the Rockefellers/Trump speaking against the Rothschilds/Clinton . . . sounds like the start of a (civil?) war to me!

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Letter to a Reader from
Dave Archambault, II, Chairman
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe:

Yesterday we were notified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the Dakota Access pipeline. Instead, they will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement regarding alternative routes for the pipeline. This action strongly vindicates what the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been saying all along – that we all have a responsibility to protect our waters for future generations.

This is an historic moment. For centuries, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and tribes across the country, have faced fundamental injustice at the hands of the federal government – which time and again took our lands and tried to destroy our way of life. Our Treaties and our human rights were ignored, our interests in protecting lands and waters were considered unimportant, and our voices were not heard.

It was this shared history that led Tribes to come together as never before to seek the protection of our waters against the threat of the Dakota Access pipeline. With peace and prayer, indigenous people from hundreds of Tribes said: our future is too important. We can no longer be ignored. The goal was to protect these sacred waters, and to do so in the name of our children.

And, with yesterday’s decision, it is clear that our voices have at long last been heard.

Yesterday’s decision demonstrates that, despite all the challenges that Tribes face and all of the terrible wrongs the federal government has committed in dealing with us over the years, justice for Indian people still remains possible. My thanks to the Obama Administration, and particularly to Assistant Secretary Darcy, for upholding the law and doing the right thing.

Yesterday’s decision belongs in large measure to the thousands of courageous people who put their lives on hold to stand with Standing Rock in support of a basic principle — that water is life. At Standing Rock, our youth played an important role in spreading our message and I am so proud of what they have been able to accomplish.

But Standing Rock could not have come this far alone. Hundreds of tribes came together in a display of tribal unity not seen in hundreds of years. And many thousands of indigenous people from around the world have prayed with us and made us stronger. I am grateful to each of you. And, as we turn a page with yesterday’s decision, I look forward to working with many of you as you return to your home communities to protect your lands and waters, and the sovereignty of your tribes.

My thanks to all of our allies, here and around the world, each of whom contributed to this effort. I want to give a special mention to the veterans who have come to Standing Rock in recent days. I am sure that the strength of your message in support of Standing Rock, and the rights of the Water Protectors, had a powerful impact as the Army made its decision. I appreciate all you have done.

While today is a great day, there is still much that needs to be done to protect Tribal rights and ensure justice for indigenous people everywhere. Using peace and prayer as our guideposts, and with the teachings of our elders and with inspiration from our youth, I believe there is much we can accomplish for the future.

Sincerely,
Dave Archambault, II, Chairman
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

  • An Important Related Comment, also from a Reader on the DAPL rerouting:

The decision of the Army Corp of Engineers not to grant permission to the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross Lake Oahe as was planned, though wonderful in itself, is NOT a major victory! Finding an alternative route for the pipeline, though it is a way for the powers that be to diffuse a dangerous confrontation that was getting out of their control thanks to the Vets, it doesn’t address the deepest issues at stake here which has to do with a giant corporation that has clearly broken the law by illegally using a loophole in the US Conservation Law in order to avoid having an independent environmental impact study done and thus threatens an environmental disaster by being allowed to continue.

Through out this long confrontation at Standing Rock the deepest issues have rarely been addressed or explained with clarity, never in the MSM, and only a few times in the alternative media that I ever saw. The only person who did so recently in a way that clearly highlighted what was really at issue was Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in interviews that Jean presented on this site. According to him the initial intent and thrust of the protest was to force the Dakota Access group to conduct an independent environmental impact study demanded by the law before it continued construction and especially before it started taring up their sacred sites.

Senator Kennedy made it clear that the entire pipeline project was promoted fraudulently as a creator of jobs and a source of financial gains for the people when in fact only the banks and billionaire investors would gain, it would only create 30 some odd permenent jobs and, missing from most accounts, this oil is only for sale to china not the US! Therefor, considering these facts juxtaposed to the degree of environmental hazards the pipeline was sure to entail, getting an independent environmental impact study would quickly derail the project. Also, people should wake up to this fact rarely emphasized, all pipelines leak and break at an alarming rate. It isn’t just a chance, they simply always do. An oil pipeline or any pipeline that carries hazardous materials, by definition, is an environmental hazard!

The water protection issue is tied to all pipe lines – again THEY ALL ALWAYS LEAK! So, rerouting the pipe line deals only with the construction that has been temporarily halted and the issue of the Indian’s sacred sites — hugely important considering the flagrant brutality of the police and others, the damage done already and the well being of the protesters in this weather. But the issue of protection of the water is not addressed by rerouting the pipeline. That aspect is being conveniently ignored by the government.

I ask people to look at the real issues here and not to be caught up emotionally believing this to be a greater victory than it is. Granted, it is major in many ways, but it is only a very small step. We are dealing here with a multi billion dollar financial project. Almost every major bank, many major corps. and major billionaires are backing this. These institutions and billionaires don’t play nice where this kind of investment is at stake. And remember major corporations, banks and renegade billionaires OWN and ARE the government.

The US Corp, our supposed government, has allowed this Pipeline company to proceed in an illegal stance and has done nothing to disclose the truth or prosecute it. There is no question they knew exactly what the scam was as many in the government are partaking, including Trump, who without mentioning his own investment took a pre-election stance to support the pipeline. These are psychopaths who only understand power, force and taking our money to finance their adventures. Environmental devastation is nothing to them nor human lives. The fact that our government knew the truth and allowed law enforcement and even private mercenaries to attack and maim innocent, law abiding and peaceful protesters, including women and children, should be a warning we are dealing with dirty, lying and deadly players and we should be outraged at what has and is being perpetrated here.

Also, remember the main steam media has played a criminal level role by withholding coverage or, when forced to cover, flagrantly distorted the truth labeling the protesters as the law breakers and Dakota Access as the aggrieved party thus keeping the majority of the country from knowing the truth. What a despicable deed!

So, please now is not the time to go to sleep. The battle is just beginning thanks to all those brave souls who have stood and who continue to stand at Standing Rock and all those who have supported them.

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. . . and here is the Barry Sotero video referenced above

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Snowden: Ex-CIA Director Petraeus ‘shared far more classified info than I ever did’

 * * * Brookings poll: Majority of Democrats believe Israel is ‘burden’ on US. . . While it may not appear to be so, I believe this is Rothschilds/Clinton speaking against the Rockefellers/Trump . . . and no matter what people may think of Trump, I think a majority of citizens agree that Israel is our problem. We obviously have a huge internal conflict developing in our government!!!

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Russia top ‘existential threat’ to US

US Air Force Secretary Deborah James and other American military officials are increasingly voicing concerns about the threat coming from Russia.

China warns against Iran deal manipulation

The Chinese FM says no party to the JCPOA can allow its domestic developments to affect its commitments under the nuclear deal.

‘Iran reserves right to retaliate against US bans bill’

Iranian nuclear chief voices Tehran’s strong protest at a US Senate vote on the extension an anti-Iran sanctions law in talks with the US energy secretary.

Multipolar world reality: Syrian army success in Aleppo vividly indicates the end of ‘triumph of the West’

Syria: Largest Christian massacre ignored

The worst Christian massacre-complete with mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churches-recently took place in Syria, at the hands of the U.S.-supported jihadi “rebels”; and the U.S. government and its “mainstream media” mouthpiece are, as usual, silent (that is, when not actively trying to minimize matters).

CITIZENS OF ALEPPO CALLED TO RETURN TO HOMES IN THE NORTHEAST; LT. GEN. AL-FURAYJ INSPECTS THE TROOPS BEFORE THE FINAL PUSH TO CLEAR ALEPPO OF ALL RODENTS; AL-MUHAYSINI DESPERATE; NEW AREAS LIBERATED FROM THE STENCH OF WAHHABISM; GEN. QAASSIM SULAYMAANI IN ALEPPO!

What Washington Wants us to Believe isn’t Happening in Syria, by Salman Rafi Sheikh

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All Eyes On Monte Paschi, Whose Bailout Is Now In Doubt, And Italian Bank Sector Contagion, Zerohedge

As we warned last night, following today’s No vote, the third bailout of the world’s oldest surviving bank, and Italy’s third largest, Monte dei Paschi di Siena has been thrown into doubt with concerns a failed bailout could lead to another round of contagion hitting Italy’s banking sector, and potentially spreading to the broader Eurozone.

 

 

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One Response to December 5, 2016 News

  1. beLIEve says:

    The High-Risk Financing Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline:
    A Potential Stranded Asset in the Bakken Region of North Dakota

    http://ieefa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/The-High-Risk-Financing-Behind-the-Dakota-Access-Pipeline_-NOV-2016.pdfhttp://ieefa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/The-High-Risk-Financing-Behind-the-Dakota-Access-Pipeline_-NOV-2016.pdf

    Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has sparked considerable public controversy,
    bringing national attention to issues that include tribal sovereigntyand risks to drinking water.

    Less publicized are the project’s financial weaknesses, and the fact that DAPL may represent
    a substantial overbuilding of the Bakken region’s oil -transport infrastructure.
    DAPL faces a looming financial deadline. The pipeline’s principal backer, Energy Transfer
    Partners (ETP), has conceded in court proceedings that it has a contractual obligation
    to complete the project by January 1, 2017 If it misses this deadline, companies that have
    committed long-term to ship oil through the pipeline at 2014 prices have the right to rescind
    those commitments—and may well exercise that right. ETP will most likely miss this deadline.

    The company recently informed investors that it would take from 90 to 120 days to complete the
    pipeline after it receives its necessary easement fromthe Army Corps of Engineers
    to cross the Missouri River, which would push completion of the pipeline well past Jan.1.
    The broader economic contextfor the project haschanged radically since ETP first proposed it,
    in 2014. Global oil prices began to collapse just a few months after shippers committed to
    using DAPL, and marketforecasters do not expect prices to regain 2014 levels for at least a
    decade. As a result, production in the Bakken Shale oil field has fallen for nearly two
    consecutive years, creating major financial hardships for drillers.
    Because the economic prospects for Bakken oil producers have dimmed dramatically since
    early 2014, oil shippers—in the interest of protecting their investors and shareholders
    —may attempt to renegotiate terms when ETP misses its Jan. 1 deadline, seeking concessions on
    contracted volumes, prices, or contract duration. Moreover, if oil prices remain low, as projected, Bakken oil production will continue to decline, and existing pipeline and refinery capacity
    in the Bakken will be more than adequate to handle the region’s oil production.

    If production continues to fall, DAPL could well become a stranded asset—one that was rushed to completion largely to protect favorable contract terms negotiated in 2014.

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