Outrage as Dakota oil pipeline construction resumes
A US federal court has denied a Native American tribe's appeal for an injunction to block the construction of the Dakota Access crude-oil pipeline near their reservation in the US state of North Dakota, which they say could lead to the destruction of culturally sacred sites and contaminate their water supply.
Energy Transfer Partners, the Texas-based company building the pipeline that runs through four states and has been largely completed, confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that construction will resume in the vicinity of Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir that is the water supply for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's reservation.
"In light of Sunday's court decision, Dakota Access looks forward to a prompt resumption of construction activities east and west of Lake Oahe on private land," the company said. "We reiterate our commitment to protect cultural resources, the environment and public safety."