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Tribal consent at heart of court arguments over N.D. pipeline


BISMARCK — A federal judge will issue what could be a precedent-setting decision after hearing arguments Thursday on whether a Texas company needed consent from American Indian tribes to drill two pipelines through tribally owned minerals under North Dakota's largest body of water.

After nearly five hours of testimony and legal arguments in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, Judge Daniel Hovland took the matter under advisement, allowing drilling under Lake Sakakawea to continue until he issues his ruling while also lamenting the lack of legal opinions offered by attorneys and previous case law on the issue.

"It sounds like I'm going to be left to interpret this with no guidance from anybody," Hovland said.


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