Updates with the Dakota Access Pipeline — last week a federal judge denied a request from the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes to stop construction of the final part of the pipeline at Lake Oahe.
The tribes have appealed to request for a stop in any flow of oil until the appeal is resolved. They say putting an oil pipeline under a lake that they view as sacred is a violation of their right to follow their religion — and also have argued that it risks polluting their clean water.
The oil company, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and the Army Corps of Engineers will have to respond by tomorrow to the appeal.
The pipelines’ construction under Lake Oahe is almost finished and the CEO of ETP said the oil could start flowing this week — (if the federal judge allows it).
The Army Corps said they have finished cleaning up the three camps used by Water Protectors. They said a total of 835 industrial-size trash bins were filled and removed.
The oil pipeline’s momentum has gone full steam ahead ever since President Trump took office and signed an executive action to advance the construction of the DAPL pipeline and Keystone XL pipelines.
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