The United States Army Corps of Engineers (CoE), have denied the Dakota Access pipeline route. The suggested route was under a reservoir on the Missouri River called Lake Oahe. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other activists alike protested the construction of the pipeline for months. Following the announcement, protesters were ordered to leave.
The Corps are looking for alternative routes, “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternative routes for the pipeline crossing,” Jo-Ellen Darcy, Army assistant secretary for Civil Works said in a statement.
Protestors were opposed to the project as many worried that the pipeline would contaminate their water and impact historic sites (Lake Oahe). It “wholeheartedly supports the decisions of the Obama administration,” and urged the incoming Trump administration to “respect this decision and understand the complex process that led us to this point,” the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said in a statement.