Tribe plans legal fight to stop pipeline

The Army said in December that it would not grant a permit for construction until an environmental impact study had been completed, but it reversed that decision this week.

The Dakota Access Pipeline, planned to cross four states, at a cost of 3.7 billion Dollars, would carry 470,000 barrels of crude oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to IL.

The Corps of Engineers said it will issue an outstanding easement to complete construction of the oil pipeline, which will carry crude almost 1,200 miles underground from North Dakota to IL - and cross South Dakota and Iowa in the process.

The Standing Rock Sioux gets its drinking water from Lake Oahe and fears a pipeline leak would cause contamination. The tribe has led protests that drew hundreds and, at times, thousands of people who dubbed themselves "water protectors" to an encampment near the crossing.

Energy Transfer Partners, the parent firm of the company building the pipeline, confirmed it had received the necessary permits to complete the pipeline.

One of two American Indian tribes fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline has filed a legal challenge to try to block its completion.

The court documents filed Tuesday include a proposed Federal Register notice terminating the study.

All these steps, Darcy determined, would best be accomplished by the Army Corps preparing a full Environmental Impact Statement allowing for public input, a process that could take years. Protesters won a small victory during the last weeks of President Barack Obama's administration when the construction was briefly stalled. President Donald Trump last month instructed the Corps to advance pipeline construction.

ETP didn't immediately respond in court to the filing. "I was disrespected. I think that I was set up", he said. He canceled his White House meeting on Wednesday, but he said the tribe plans to challenge the easement in court.

"We will continue to fight against an administration that seeks to dismiss not only our treaty rights and status as sovereign nations, but the safe drinking water of millions of Americans", the chairman said.

Tribal attorney Jan (yahn) Hasselman says the government "will be held accountable in court". Crowds celebrated with fireworks on the snow-swamped prairie of North Dakota. Trump took office promising to favor oil and natural gas developments as well as support new infrastructure, which has included reviving TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL pipeline.

This morning, according to the Chicago Tribune, the project developer said the pipeline in its entirety should be operational within three months.

Authorities in North Dakota said Monday that cleanup crews at the site of the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest were scouring the mountains of trash to find anyone that might've died during the demonstrations.

Archambault II said he knows the Standing Rock movement has inspired people around the world to shape their world at home and overseas. The Corps has notified the remaining protesters that the government-owned land will be closed February 22. Part of this 1.25-mile section will run under Lake Oahe just upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation.

  • Ernesto Newman