Tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access pipeline

Jenna Warner
February 10, 2017

The company building the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline has started construction on the final stretch of the $3.8 billion project. Protesters and police have at times clashed, leading to almost 700 arrests.

ETP had hoped to have oil flowing through the pipeline by the end of 2016, but construction was stalled while the Corps and the Dallas-based company battled in court over the crossing.

-The US Army Corps of Engineers granted permission to complete the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a major piece of infrastructure that had been embroiled in controversy and protests over the final remaining section which will run under a reservoir on the Missouri River.

The Standing Rock Sioux have protested against the completion of the pipeline, arguing that it threatens its drinking water supplies there.

Law enforcement vehicles line a road leading to a blocked bridge next to the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D.

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The corps said it would terminate its plans to release the environmental impact statement.

Redding Rancheria chairperson Jack Potter Jr. isn't surprised by the news, which follows President Trump's order for the Secretary of the Army to expedite approval of the pipeline.

David Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said Wednesday that the tribe may have exhausted legal options to stop the project.

Labor union representative Cory Bryson said workers were eager to get back to work, but understand that it's possible their jobs could be halted again due to court proceedings. That's the last big chunk of construction for the $3.8 billion pipeline to carry North Dakota oil to IL.

A legal challenge against the pipeline has also been mounted.

The dramatic turnaround comes two weeks after President Donald Trump signed an executive action to urge a review of the pipeline and other energy projects, dismissing former President Barack Obama's efforts to block them. The Army Corps of Engineers had chose to grant the company behind the pipeline the critical easement it needed, rendering his meeting with the Trump administration moot. "America's president should serve the people-not Big Oil-and the movement that has captured the nation's attention will continue to mobilize against Trump's anti-democratic agenda". "Meet us in Washington on March 10". "Rise with Standing Rock".

"They've been comfortable with this decision for many months", Cramer said.

"Standing Rock Environmental Protection Agency and Dakota Sanitation are working together to try and advert an environmental tragedy", Morton County Emergency Manager Tom Doering said.

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