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Decision on pipeline crossing river could come within days

WASHINGTON - News from the federal government regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline could come within days, according to statements made Thursday, Nov. 10, in federal court. The Department of Justice indicated during a status conference Thursday f...

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Law enforcement responded to this Dakota Access Pipeline construction site near Glen Ullin, N.D., north of Interstate 94 on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. (Submitted photo by Morton County Sheriff's Department)

 

WASHINGTON – News from the federal government regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline could come within days, according to statements made Thursday, Nov. 10, in federal court.

The Department of Justice indicated during a status conference Thursday for the case filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that steps for “a path forward” would be announced within days, according to representatives for Standing Rock.

A Department of Justice spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement that the “only possible path forward” for the tribe is a decision that denies the easement for the Lake Oahe crossing or requires a full environmental impact statement and tribal consultation.

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Archambault added that “the only urgency here arises from DAPL’s reckless decision to build to either site of the Missouri River” without an easement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the water crossing.

Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, said in a statement Tuesday that it was preparing to drill under Lake Oahe and the company “remains confident” that it will receive the easement in a timeframe that does not cause significant delays.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reiterated a request on Wednesday for Dakota Access to voluntarily stop construction near Lake Oahe.

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