Demonstrations against the controversial pipeline have earned the support of environmentalists, military veterans and more than 100 Native American tribes. As water protectors at Standing Rock faced down tear gas and rubber bullets, protestors took to the streets in dozens of cities across the country in a show of solidarity. Recently, Seattle, WA and Davis, CA joined the opposition by divesting from Wells Fargo, one of the banks backing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Activists are pushing Los Angeles to do the same.
Lawyers representing the developer say the pipeline could come online as early as next month, but it’s profitability remains in question. A recent report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis notes that low oil prices have led to a downturn in oil production, which could render the Dakota Access project redundant due to existing pipeline infrastructure.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe — which, like the Standing Rock Sioux, rely on the Missouri River for clean water — are still pushing to block the project, arguing that it threatens to contaminate water used in religious ceremonies. They will present their case to a district court next week.