Pipeline protestors applaud Corps of Engineers withholds permit for project


A local group against the Dakota Access oil pipeline is celebrating a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that has at least temporarily halted the construction of the pipeline through the Standing Rock tribe’s land in North Dakota.

Kesha Rhame, organizer of 417 Area Water Protectors, was eating dinner with her family Sunday night when she started receiving texts about the breaking news. Rhame read the news to her family to cheers of amazement and tears of joy.

“We all realize this is only one small victory and that the battle is far from over, but it sure was a good feeling,” Rhame said Monday.

Several hundred people have been protesting the pipeline for months, saying that they believe it has the potential to contaminate the water source of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. People from all over the nation and many Native American tribes have been camped out on federal land in protest. Recently the protesters were joined by hundreds of military veterans, which Rhame believes helped in Sunday’s victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

“The presence of the veterans in Standing Rock is a powerful statement to our leaders and the corporations that run us,” Rhame said.

The group of veterans, calling themselves Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, has said about 2,000 veterans were coming, but it wasn’t clear how many actually arrived.

<em>For the complete article, see Tuesday</em><span>'</span><em>s print edition of The</em> <span>D</span><em>aily Record, or</em> <span>v</span><em>iew the </em><a href="http://digital.lebanondailyrecord.com/"><span>e-Edition</span></a><span> </span><em>online.</em>

<p><strong>Protesters from the 417 Area Water Protecters</strong> <span>group display signs on Nov. 15 at the Interstate 44 exit 130 overpass in Lebanon, objecting to the Dakota Access Pipeline. </span></p>

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