Friday 23 June 2017

Time our politicians opposed Trump's approval of pipeline

Veterans and activists protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, USA. Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Veterans and activists protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, USA. Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to allow the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The aim of the pipeline is to create a direct route to transport crude oil from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota and Iowa, and into Illinois.

The construction of this pipeline could destroy ancestral burial grounds and poison the water supply for the sovereign Lakota nation who live on the Standing Rock Reservation, as well as the millions of Americans downstream who rely on the Missouri River.

In recent months, thousands of people from across the globe (including Ireland) have joined in solidarity with the Lakota people at Standing Rock in order to protest its construction.

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