With Latest Ruling, DAPL Set to Be Constructed to Completion

Tomas Mccoy
March 9, 2017

The US$3.8-billion Dakota Access pipeline, which was previous year suspended by the Obama administration but greenlighted again by Donald Trump, will carry crude from the North Dakota Bakken shale play to IL. A bridge on the highway has been closed since being damaged by fires in October.

"The tribe never asserted that the pipeline's operation itself under Lake Oahe - absent any spill or rupture - would somehow compromise the purity of the water and pose a religious-exercise problem", Boasberg wrote.

Dakota Access Pipeline ConstructionEnergy Transfer Partners LP's oil will soon be flowing through its controversial Dakota Access pipeline after defeating a Native American tribe's challenge to stall the project on religious grounds.

In February, attorneys for the tribe said in court documents that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had committed to a full environmental impact statement and went back on its commitment after President Donald Trump issued a memorandum directing the Corps to "review and approve in an expedited manner" any approvals, easements or permits needed to complete the pipeline's construction. And he says the bigger legal battle lies ahead.

The latest legal push by the Sioux tribes' counsels from the Lakota People's Law Project also contained a reference to a prophecy about a Black Snake that would bring destruction to the communities. In the meantime, they'll continue to argue in court that more environmental study needs to be done.

The tribes had argued that running the pipeline below Lake Oahe would desecrate the water used in religious ceremonies, which must be "ritually pure", even though the pipe runs underground and does not come in contact with the water.


About 150 demonstrators from the #ResistTrumpTuesdays national campaign gathered outside Citibank, carrying anti-Trump signs, protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and targeting local developer Phil Tagami, who has sued the city because of its ban on coal transports. There is also an oil pipeline that crosses the Missouri River about 7.5 miles upstream of Lake Oahe.

The company is finishing up construction under the Lake Oahe Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota - the last piece of work for the $3.8 billion pipeline to move North Dakota oil to a shipping point in IL. "If the judge rules that the permits are illegal, he can shut the pipeline operation down".

And Archambault continued, "Trump and his friends at Big Oil have not won".

On the same day, protesters - some of them from the Standing Rock tribe - set up teepees near the Washington monument in the nation's capital, where they plan to stay until Friday when they will march to the White House.

The protest is happening as a federal judge in Washington weighs a request made by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes, calling for a halt of the last section of the Dakota Access pipeline.

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