Boulder County Commissioners supporting tribe's opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline

BOULDER COUNTY - Boulder County is putting its support behind the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

The Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday in support of the tribe's opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

By a unanimous vote, all three commissioners stated their opposition to the pipeline and lent support to the tribe's efforts to block it.

The tribe has been fighting for months to stop construction of the pipeline through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

Thousands of people have protested in support of the tribe, and 123 people have been arrested since mid-August, including popular actress Shailene Woodley and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.

Tribal leaders claim they were never meaningfully consulted before the construction began.

They want it to stop because of concerns about water supply and cultural artifacts, although a North Dakota archeologist says an inspection found none on the land.

The project developer Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, argues the $3.7 billion project will enable domestically produced crude oil from North Dakota to reach major refining markets in a more direct, cost-effective, safer and environmentally responsible manner.

The tribe sued to halt the project but a federal judge and a federal appeals court have ruled in favor of the pipeline - allowing construction to continue on private land.

The Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior have halted the project on federal land while environmental reviews are conducted.


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