The US Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday said it will approve a permit to allow for the completion of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. "The discord we have seen regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline doesn't serve the tribe, the company, the corps or any of the other stakeholders involved".
The portion of the DAPL under Lake Oahe is the missing piece of the 1,200-mile pipeline that would carry crude from North Dakota through Iowa to IL.
Protesters hold signs during a rally against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, N.D., on November 18, 2016.
A march to protest President Donald Trump's decision to move forward with the Dakota Access Pipeline kicked off in downtown L.A.'s Pershing Square Sunday.
"Today, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it has finished its review of the Dakota Access Pipeline project and intends to grant an easement no earlier than tomorrow afternoon".
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Energy Transfer Partners has argued that it's safer to carry the crude oil from North Dakota to IL through its $3.8-billion pipeline than on trucks and trains.
In January, the Department of the Army, withholding the final easement necessary for construction beneath the lake, initiated an Environmental Impact Statement, which Energy Transfer failed to block in court. 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. Between 2015 and 2016, the company was found to be responsible for 35 pipeline spills that caused a reported $300,000.
The Obama administration then called for a halt on construction and a more thorough environmental review.
The pipeline has become a focal point of protests against the final stage of the project, which is opposed by the Sioux at Standing Rock tribe, stemming from fears of damage to Lake Oahe, next to their reservation.
Tribal attorney Jan (yahn) Hasselman says the government "will be held accountable in court".