HUNTSVILLE, Ala- Federal officials have announced they will not be approving permits for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, but the fight to stop the pipeline has been a long journey for protesters.
The protesters of the DAPL are one of the reasons why the pipeline will not be built beneath a dammed section of the Missouri River. Foy Southard lives in Athens, but came to Huntsville earlier this week to protest the DAPL, along with several others.
Protesters have called the pipeline the "Black Snake" and said the pipeline could have potentially contaminated Standing Rock Sioux's main water source for drinking and irrigation water. "There`s been several incidents of pipelines rupturing and spilling oil into the water ways, so we are trying to protect our water and mother earth," Southard said.
According to reports, the pipeline would have also disturbed burial grounds and sacred sites. "The sacred areas to us are extremely important. We have fought for hundreds of years to protect our sacred lands, protect our sacred areas, our burial sites," Southard explained.
He said for the first time in a long time thousands of tribes came together to fight the pipeline being built. The long fight paid off, but it wasn't an easy journey for the protesters in North Dakota. Now, since the pipeline isn't being built near Standing Rock people like Southard can rest a little better.
The department of the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said they will be exploring alternative routes for the pipeline crossing.