Appeals court rejects request to stop Dakota Access Pipeline work
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., has dealt a loss to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its fight to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
In a decision issued Sunday, Oct. 9, a three-judge panel denied a motion requesting that work on the $3.8 billion pipeline be stopped in places where, the tribe says, the project will desecrate sacred land.
The decision means that construction can continue up to Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still must approve an easement allowing the pipeline to run under the river. The group of firms building the pipeline, led by Energy Transfer Partners, needs that final permission in order to complete the project, which is due for delivery on Jan. 1, according to court records.