A major victory for opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline Sunday. The US Army Corps of Engineers saying it's turned down a permit for the controversial project. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, climate activists and others who've spent months fighting against the project, erupting into celebrations. Reuters correspondent Ernie Scheyder is in Cannonball North Dakota.
>> The mood right in the camp right behind me is jubilant. People were crying, laughing, hugging. A lot of people just saying that they feel like this decision today by President Obama was the culmination of months of efforts to pressure the White House to do something.>> The pipeline owned by Energy Transfer Partners was complete except for a small stretch that required an easement from federal authorities.
The Army's saying in a statement that easement will not be granted. North Dakota's Governor calling that move a Serious mistake by the Obama administration. Protesters have said the $3.8 billion project could contaminate its water supply and damage sacred tribal lands. The move leaves the future of the pipeline in limbo.
It's unclear if the incoming Trump administration will consider taking up the request again and approving it. Trump's transition team has said he supports it.