Dakota Access Pipeline

The US Army Corps of Engineers announced a decision yesterday. That decision was to end the conflict over routing the Dakota Access pipeline under the Missouri river where it would be a potential threat to the river waters, a source of water for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, and would have touched tribal burial grounds. The Corps will seek an alternative route which will, no doubt, be more costly to construct and will delay utilization of the pipeline which was near completion.

This is a good and just decision. As both an ardent President-elect Donald Trump supporter AND one who holds deep concerns about our natural environment and the values of Native Americans, I hope that a President Trump will endorse this Army Corps decision. Yes, this country needs to be on a course to develop domestic energy resources, but that must be done in a way sensitive to potential environmental damage as well as to the values of American citizens.

Donald Trump has emphasized his stand for clean air and clean water. This Corp decision is consistent with that stated position.

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About Kent Blacklidge Ph.D.

As part of a newspaper family who owned a 34,000 daily newspaper in the heart of the Midwest, I have a passion for a strong “Fourth Estate”, the press. Without a diligent and assertive free press, the power would be taken from the people. People have the absolute right to know. After earning a degree in Industrial Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue, I spent over 20 years in newspaper management with several as publisher. I am also holder of three graduate science degrees including a Ph.D.. I have a passionate interest in science and the environment. I have little tolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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