[4:20] Recap of President-elect Trump's cabinet pics - Trump still has not announced his choices for EPA Adminstrator, Secretary of Agriculture or Secretary of the Interior.
[8:44] Trump's First 100 Days - In Trump's plan for his first 100 days as president, he does specifically call out water infrastructure.
[10:56] Dakota Access Pipeline and water quality - While we are not experts in this, the entire situation has to do with water.
Clearing up some misconceptions with facts:
The pipeline does not go directly through tribal land; however, it is considered sacred land by the tribe. Also, based on some past treaties, there still are some that believe the tribe has a right to that land.
[15:05] Another major concern is the issue of water quality - the pipeline would cross under the Missouri River at Lake Oahe (slightly north of the reservation) and any leak or spill would send oil into the tribe's main source of drinking water. This is a valid concern as oil pipeline leaks are an issue in other areas of the country.
The Army Corps of Engineers has published their Environmental Assessments of the pipeline. Back in March, EPA and the Interior Department did express concerns with the location of the pipeline route and its potential effect on the tribe's primary source of drinking water.
Local individuals in Bismarck did not vote on rerouting the pipeline away from their locality. The Army Corps of Engineers did look into the Bismarck route as an option but found that this route would have been longer with more road, water body, and wetland crossings.
[17:53]Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) sent a letter to President Obama this week about the pipeline and its potential effects on the water supply.
Members of the Standing Rock tribe have been organized and vocal about their opposition to the pipeline for longer than it has been in the news. Here's one video made in April. Relevant quote from end of the video:
"I can live without money. I can live without oil. But I can't live without water."