3.) Dec. 2015: 21 Tribes Contacted by Fish & Wildlife Service, But Not In Regard to “Wetlands Crossings”

    This is section two concerning “how the Dakota Access Pipeline Project became illegally Authorized“.  Sections which are pertinent to the line of reasoning of the case are highlighted in red.

Event #3: Environmental Assessment sent from Dakota Access to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

    In December of 2015, the U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE received a 40 page ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT document from representatives on behalf of Dakota Access, L.L.C. in regards to a GRASSLAND AND WETLAND EASEMENT CROSSING
for the DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE PROJECT.

    On page 5, the document claims:  “Dakota Access, L.L.C. is proposing to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline Project (“DAPL”), an approximately 1,150-mile-long, 12-inch to 30-inch diameter pipeline that would connect the rapidly expanding Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to existing crude infrastructure in Illinois.  The Project originates in the northwest portion of North Dakota and traverses southeast through South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois and terminates at the existing Patoka, Illinois hub.”  Page 36, the document claims:
Consistent with Section 106 of the NHPA, Dakota Access has initiated review with the USFWS Regional Historic Preservation Officer (Region 6).  2015.  In compliance with Section 106 consultation procedures, the USFWS is responsible for initiating formal consultation with the respective SHPOs and tribal entities.  The USFWS has initiated Section 106 consultation via letter dated October 23, 2015 to 21 tribes.  The following tribes were sent consultation letters:

Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Crow Nation

Santee Sioux Nation

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Spirit Lake Tribe

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Winnebago Tribe

Lower Sioux Indian Community

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

Yankton Sioux Tribe

Northern Cheyenne Tribe

Three Affiliated Tribes

Prairie Island Indian Community

Oglala Sioux Tribe

& Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Note:  The aforementioned document may be accessed HERE:

https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/DAPL%20Easements%20Draft%20EA%20%2012.17.15.pdf

The pages which are cited from the above document may be downloaded via this PDF:

GRASSLAND & WETLAND EASEMENT,   Fish & Wildlife Service

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