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General News    H3'ed 8/21/16

Media Silent as Native Americans Successfully Halt Construction on Oil Pipeline

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It's the Keystone XL Pipeline all over again.
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Construction of a controversial crude oil pipeline, which will span 1,168 miles from North Dakota to Illinois, has been protested relentlessly by Native American tribes for several reasons. Their protesting, which has put construction at a stand-still for nearly a week, has caused the production company, Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas, to agree to halt construction at the protest site for now. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and Lakota Sioux tribes have said since the pipeline’s inception that it could pollute a crucial source of drinking water for the tribes and it intrudes on their sacred lands. A hearing in Washington, D.C. will hear testimony from the tribe on August 24th, where they seek an injunction against the Army Corps because they approved the pipeline and permits. 

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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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