The decision on Sunday by the United States(US) Army Corps of Engineers not to approve a permit to allow for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline along a planned route, brings relief, even if temporary, to the Sioux people, who have been protesting the pipeline's possible environmental impact upon their lands.
However, President Barack Obama administration's blocking of the pipeline crossing under the Missouri River and over Sioux land, does not guarantee any long term relief to the Sioux, for with a non-environmental President-elect and money contracts about to be adversely effected with any delay in the completion of the pipeline, the Sioux and their supporters, might be forced back onto the battle lines again very soon.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, pipeline owner, Energy Transfer Partners, has repeated assertions that it was not open to alternative routes and that the company was "fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and full expect(s) to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting...", the newspaper reported.
The company said nothing the Obama administration has done changes their plans. Apparently, the company is holding firm to its $2.5 billion investment to date and a January 01, 2017 deadline to get oil flowing in the pipeline or risk losing lucrative oil contracts, the Los Angeles Times added.
So the last stand at Standing Rock and its protests might not have been witnessed just yet, for despite pleas from the Sioux chief that protesters disband, most have remained. Relief to the Sioux might be short lived.