Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement:
“I am pleased the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not approve an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota and will instead conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement to examine the impacts of, and explore alternative routes for, the pipeline. This decision is a major victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the many individuals who have stood shoulder to shoulder with them throughout this entire ordeal, and our democracy, which today is a little stronger because the collective voice of ‘we the people’ was heard. This decision is also a huge victory for Sophia Wilansky, a constituent of mine who was seriously injured protesting this pipeline’s development. A thorough Federal investigation is in order to determine whether any inappropriate action was taken in causing those injuries. My thoughts are with Sophia as she makes her recovery—I am hopeful this latest news will help lift her spirits.”
Please note this statement was originally published on December 5, 2016 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.