Jukasa News Update Monday, December 5, 2016
DAPL not granted permission to drill beneath Missouri River
The Dakota Access Pipeline has been refused permission to drill and lay pipe beneath the Missouri River.
The US Army Corps of Engineers released a statement Sunday, announcing it would not grant easement to Energy Transfer Partners to construct on federal lands.
Energy Transfer responded to the announcement by saying the Obama administration was only taking over political action against the oil industry by currying favour with a narrow and extreme political constituency.
ETP said they will not reroute the pipeline and the easement denial will not stop them from completing construction beneath the Missouri River on Standing Rock territory.
Crash cuts power for nearly 8 hours
A single vehicle accident on 6th line early Sunday morning has sent four people to hospital with serious injuries.
Six Nations Fire and Emergency Services responded to the accident scene to find an SUV hit a hydro pole, launching a transformer to the ground.
EMT’s called in Hydro to shut down power to the transformer and rushed to rescue victims ejected from the vehicle and were at risk of electrocution at the scene.
Hydro was out in the area for about 8 hours.
Paramedics treated all the victims at the scene. The cause of the crash has not yet been released.
AFN supports Standing Rock
The Assembly of First Nations says the full AFN Executive, including all Regional Chiefs and the Chairs of the Elders, Women’s and Youth Council, stand in solidarity with those at Standing Rock.
AFN released a statement after the US Army Corps announced they will deny easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to drill beneath the Missouri River.
AFN says they support water protectors and the work they are doing, and all those standing with them.
The national organization called on the United States government to ensure peace and respect for the water protectors and supporters, and urge the Canadian government to implore the U.S. government and authorities to ensure the safety of all those standing with and supporting Standing Rock.
Food subsidy ineffective at cutting costs for remote north
Researchers say a federal subsidy meant to help remote northern families cope with the high cost of food is a flop.
The program instead resulted in stale and unreliable food being offered to northern customers without a reduction in food costs.
Researchers suggest a price cap on food instead be initiated for the north and the program be revised.
Food prices in the north can cost up to three times what it does in southern parts of the country — resulting in major food insecurity and pandemic health problems.
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