The Dakota Access Pipeline’s crossing of the Missouri River near the northeast corner of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is on hold (thanks, President Obama!), but protests led by and supporting the people of Standing Rock and other American Indian tribes continue.
Tonight at 6 p.m. in Sioux Falls, opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline (which runs about four miles south of Sioux Falls city limits as it skirts Hartford, Tea, and Harrisburg) will meet at Van Eps and march to Falls Park to show their solidarity with the protestors/protectors camped out at the Cannonball–Missouri confluence in North Dakota. The march starts at 6 p.m.; protestors will rally at Falls Park at 6:30.
Organizers will collect supplies for the protest camp. An update posted this morning by Julie Tibbetts says the camp has plenty of water, school supplies, toilet paper, medical supplies, and clothes but can use more tents, tent stakes, ropes, blankets, sleeping bags, socks, coats, gloves and hats, tarps, and chairs.
Among other speakers, rallygoers at Falls Park will hear from Lake County organic farmer Charlie Johnson, whose farming operation has been disrupted by Dakota Access and whose opposition to the pipeline has led Dakota Access officials to treat him with less consideration than other, more acquiescent South Dakotans along the pipeline route.
According to the most recent Dakota Access Pipeline weekly compliance report filed with the PUC, as of August 31, Dakota Access had finished laying pipe and backfilling the trench along 100% of two of three “spreads” in South Dakota and was engaged in clean-up and hydrotesting. Ditching and lowering-in/backfill remained to be done on less than 9% of the third spread. Dakota Access anticipates finishing horizontal directional drilling under the Big Sioux River this week.