Standing Rock Protesters Rejoice As Dakota Access Pipeline Is Officially Blocked

After months of campaigning and withstanding all kinds of hardships, indigenous people and those protesting alongside them against the Dakota Access Pipeline have erupted in celebration as the Army Corps Engineers announce that it will halt the project.

Politicians, activists and celebrities alike have shared their joy at the news that the Army Corps will divert the pipeline so that it avoids the Standing Rock Sioux's reservation which lies near the pipeline route.

The tribe opposed the pipeline because it would pass under the Missouri River and if damaged, would contaminate their drinking water supply.

While it's certainly a time for activists who have fought hard against the pipeline to celebrate, there is alway the looming threat that the Trump presidency which officially takes office on January 20, 2017, could change the ruling.

In the final months before leaving the office, President Obama has worked hard to push through numerous environmental and women's rights in the hope that all is not ruined in the new year.

Here's hoping that the US government doesn't take the Native American people for granted once more.

It's believed that the Corps will conduct an environmental impact statement look at possible alternative routes for the pipeline. The Independent reports that Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II said:

"We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing."

The Army Corps statement regarding the pipeline permit has gone viral across Twitter with many news outlets sharing the good news.

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