Urgent; Standing Rock, Dakota Pipeline, White House & EPA Illegally Abused Authority!

Urgent News Event / published 11-24-2016 Todays between the lines report.

First; Honesty News e-mailed a copy of this edition to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, also the Governor of North Dakota, we can only hope it helps in their fight against an illegal invasion from this administration. Everyones help is very much needed by sending / flooding the North Dakota Governor with the Oversight Committees Reports in the links within this article, to make aware, that we know what the administration is doing, is based on illegal changes. Law Enforcement activity, and Pipeline activity needs halted immediately.


The Oversight Committee Report Found Politicizing of the WOTUS Rule-making! 


Findings reveal administration cut corners to expedite the rule. Dakota Pipeline Issues Predetermined?

One of many issues; The agencies failed to comply with various rule-making obligations, including Executive Orders requiring consultation with states and local governments and tribes. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a staff report detailing findings from its two-year investigation into the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rulemaking process. The report shows how pressure from the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) led to a rulemaking that was a case study in illegal shortcuts, predetermined conclusions, and politically motivated timelines.

Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement regarding the report:

“WOTUS was a doomed rule out of the gate. The Obama administration prioritized politics over policy by rushing through a legally and scientifically deficient rule. This report illustrates the many ways in which the White House and EPA abused their authority to advance one of their top regulatory priorities.”


The Clean Water Act (CWA) passed in 1972 gave the federal government limited jurisdiction over certain navigable waters. On May 27, 2015, the administration announced an agency rule to clarify CWA, which significantly increased the federal government’s jurisdiction.

During the 114th Congress, the Oversight Committee held multiple hearings in 2015 (February 26March 3) and 2016 (January 7March 15April 19June 23) related to the WOTUS rule.

Key findings from the report include (found on p. 10):

  • The agencies pushed the rule through on an accelerated timeline that appeared to have been motivated by political considerations. Some officials involved in the process believed politics deprived them the opportunity to conduct a meaningful and full review of the rule before its promulgation.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), which shares jurisdiction over CWA, was cut out of the rule development process. 
  • The EPA made no effort to ensure the rule was based on sound science. The EPA did not conduct additional research (which the Corps believed was necessary) to justify the rule’s conclusions.
  • The agencies did not consider alternatives to the rule, and even went so far as to gut the discussion of alternatives after the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) stated such discussion was necessary.
  • The agencies went to unusual and unprecedented lengths to avoid compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, and Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act.

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