Renewals of Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipeline Projects May Increase Unrest

As per his campaign promises, President Donald Trump has restarted potential work and negotiations on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipeline projects. It, may help the American economy create in excess of 25,000 jobs, while for environmentalists and the residents residing in the areas, especially the Native Americans, it can be a potential nightmare, which they have been resistance for years, even making former President Obama overturn his decisions to build them.

In response to President Trump’s executive orders, Amnesty International USA’s Managing Director of the Individuals at Risk Program, Zeke Johnson said that the government may end up harming international laws and human sentiments by allowing the pipelines to progress. “President Trump’s decision to disregard the serious concerns of Indigenous people about the Dakota Access Pipeline is a shameful and unconscionable attack on human rights. The U.S. government is obligated under international law to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of Indigenous people like the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, including the right to access clean water and the right to peacefully protest.

The environmental hazards, destruction of sacred land and loss of habitat in the case of an oil spill are clearly highlighted in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to carry out its Environmental Impact Statement review of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which President Trump has completely disregarded. Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, Dave Archambault said that this executive order is politically motivated and it is not in the interest of America to let another Flint taking place.

References

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/24/standing-rock-resistance-donald-trump-executive-order

http://www.amnestyusa.org/news/press-releases/amnesty-international-usa-responds-to-dapl-executive-action

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