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Bakken pipeline route near tribe wasn't the only option


BISMARCK, N.D. — An early proposal for the Dakota Access pipeline called for the route to cross the Missouri River north of Bismarck, N.D. — but one reason that was rejected was its potential threat to Bismarck’s water supply, documents show.

Now a growing number of protesters are objecting to the oil pipeline’s Missouri River crossing a half-mile north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which they argue could threaten the water supply for the tribe and other communities.

Early in the planning, Dakota Access considered but eliminated an alternative that would have crossed the river about 10 miles north of Bismarck instead.


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