The United States , Native Americans, and environmentalists have won a victory. US authorities announced Sunday, December 4, rejecting the route of a controversial pipeline in North Dakota. The pipeline, dubbed Dakota Access Pipeline would cross four states of 1 886 kilometers and transport oil extracted in North Dakota at the Canadian border into Illinois, further south.
The Sioux tribe Standing Rock, which considers that its pipeline threatens drinking water sources and several sites where buried his ancestors had asked President Barack Obama to intervene to stop this project.
"The best way to proceed responsibly and fast way is to explore alternative routes for the crossing of the pipeline," said Jo-Ellen Darcy Sunday undersecretary for public works in the US Army communicated.
"Far gratitute courage of President Obama"
"We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and pay tribute with extreme gratitude to the courage of President Obama and the ministries concerned for taking necessary measures to correct the course of history and act in the right direction" responded the leader of the tribe of Standing Rock, Dave Archambault.
"We are not opposed to energy independence, economic development or national security, but we must ensure that decisions respect our indigenous peoples," he added.
The battle of the Sioux tribe had attracted sympathies beyond the Native American tribes. Supporters from different backgrounds thousands camped near the site to the block and events receiving support from politicians, artists, and environmental activists have also hatched in the country in recent months. Recent demonstrations were severely repressed by the police.