Obama Administration Ignorantly Claims Responsibility For DAPL Changes

For months, the protests at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation have dominated social media and news organizations. Crazed liberal protesters gathered together at the Dakota Access Pipeline project in yet another cry for “social justice” to be served.

While there has been resolution to the protests, which had gotten violent in recent weeks, the resolution is being falsely claimed by the Obama administration, as President Obama tries to add to his legacy before leaving office in January.

The Daily Caller reports:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not be granting the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) the easement it needs to cross the Missouri River, despite the project being nearly complete.
American Indians and environmentalists camped out at the project’s construction site hailed the decision a victory, while Energy Transfer Partners and pipeline supporters are bashing the Corps for reversing its stance on the project.

The Sioux Tribe protested the Dakota Access Pipeline due to the potential environmental hazards it theoretically could cause. The pipeline was to be rerouted under Lake Oahe, a man-made lake built in the 1960’s after the government dammed up the Mississippi River and the tribe’s primary source of water.

The tribe had two major grievances, both theoretical, and neither reason should have brought about such violence and destruction against National Guard Members, local police, and even fellow protesters.

The first reason was that their water supply from Lake Oahe could potentially be polluted if an oil spill occurred. Their second reason was, again, should an oil spill occur, theoretically it could cause damage to sacred burial grounds.

The Daily Caller reports:

DAPL does not cross tribal land, but crosses under Lake Oahe, which Standing Rock Sioux officials claim contains sacred sites. The tribe also claims the pipeline could harm their drinking water. Lake Oahe is a man-made lake made in the 1960s when the federal government dammed up the Missouri River.
Activists claim the pipeline’s crossing under Lake Oahe is upstream from tribal drinking water intakes.

For months, the Obama administration let the violent protests rage on, with liberal protestors harming local police officers, civilians, and even other local protesters – and still took no action.

The protests even included lighting cars on fire, as well as causing damage to the same sacred lands protestors were “passionately fighting” for.

But now, the Obama administration is taking the credit for the Pipeline being rerouted.

The Daily Caller reports:

“This purely political decision flies in the face of common sense and the rule of law,” Craig Stevens, spokesperson for the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now Coalition, said in a statement… “Unfortunately, it’s not surprising that the President would, again, use executive fiat in an attempt to enhance his legacy among the extreme Left,” he said. “That the President continues to believe that he is above the law is simply un-American and it is this arrogance that working class Americans soundly rejected on November 8.”

President Obama even made a statement about the protests in September, applauding the protestors and their “courageous sacrifices”.

The Daily Caller reports:

President Obama weighed in on the pipeline in September, telling protesters they were “making your voices heard.” Obama also said the Corps was looking at alternate routes for the pipeline.

The resolution of the Standing Rock issue was recently resolved by the Army Corps of Engineers, with President Obama and his administration taking the credit for the violence and drama caused by their liberal protestors, rather than taking responsibility.

The Daily Caller reports:

“The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing,” she said.
Her decision was criticized by DAPL supporters.
“This purely political decision flies in the face of common sense and the rule of law,” Craig Stevens, spokesperson for the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now Coalition, said in a statement.

Supporters of the Dakota Access Pipeline are now calling foul, citing that the decision to move the pipeline was clearly a political decision, rather than an environmental one like originally argued.

Do you think the Obama administration has the right to take credit for civilian protest efforts, especially if they are violent and inexcusable?

Do you agree with the diversion of the pipeline project?

Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Jake319

    This pipeline is transporting American shale. The American taxpayer will receive less then $.035/ barrel in royalties. Payable in 25 years. In Norway the taxpayer receives $7.85/barrel in royalties immediately when the oil is removed from the north sea. If pipeline wants to do business on an Indian reservation then they should cough up some cash. Otherwise then can kick rocks while they leave.