Last December, opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline celebrated a major victory as the Army Corps of Engineers denied a final permit to continue construction on the pipeline, with then-Assistant Army Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy citing the need to explore alternative routes for the pipeline crossing.

All of that changed Tuesday as the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would allow the controversial Lake Oahe crossing.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the Corps “launched a study of the crossing on Jan. 18, two days before Obama left office, that could have taken up to two years to complete” — but an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in January directed the Corps to reconsider, and quickly.

Opposition groups were just a quick to promise opposition in both the courts and the streets, with the Indigenous Environmental Network warning the administration to “expect mass resistance far beyond what Trump has seen so far.”

The #NoDAPL protests attracted plenty of high-profile supporters, including Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Jackson, who burned barricades made of tires and other trash and left behind quite a mess for a group dedicated to protecting the environment.

A lot of progressives seemed too distracted by the confirmation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Tuesday to have made much of a fuss about the pipeline … yet.

Sorry, no time. NEXT.

Seattle is on board to divest itself of banks involved in the pipeline’s construction.