Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman today became the latest in a growing chorus of progressive voices to back the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s efforts in North Dakota to block the Dakota Access Pipeline out of concerns that the pipeline “presents a major threat to the local environment, and a tremendous infringement on ancestral land rights for the Standing Rock Sioux community,” Watson Coleman said in a statement.
“The federal government has a duty to protect all Americans, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized. Instead, it appears that in the case of DAPL, the Army Corps of Engineers has set aside the serious health, safety, and cultural objections of the Standing Rock Sioux and failed to provide adequate opportunity for them to weigh in.”
Watson Coleman, by our count, is the first member of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation to express public opposition to the pipeline.
Read the full statement here.