It’s a major victory for Standing Rock protesters as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided not to grant an easement for the Dakota Access pipeline in southern North Dakota.
Thousands of protesters had been camping near the construction site, who said the project threatened cultural sites and water sources.
Meanwhile, in B.C., Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the decision serves as a beacon of hope for the people of BC who are opposed to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project.
Phillip says the major win for environmental activists below the border will inspire protesters to keep fighting.
“The incredible solidarity that arose in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe will serve to inspire us here on the west coast of British Columbia to convey the notion that together all British Columbians can work together successfully.”
Phillip says the decision was timely as protesters were given a deadline to leave the sprawling encampments tomorrow.