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Why the Dakota Access Pipeline May Not Proceed Imminently Despite Presidential Memo

Why the Dakota Access Pipeline May Not Proceed Imminently Despite Presidential Memo

While there's always some element of risk involved in any infrastructure project, pipelines like this are a common practice and run deeply underneath water sources throughout the country.

It appears that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is gearing up to approve and easement that will allow the last stretch of the controversial 1,172-mile-long Dakota Access Pipeline.

Delegates for North Dakota have generally supported completion of the project, seen by industry leaders as critical infrastructure for the Bakken's future.

It's been a year since the North Dakota Access Pipeline broke ground, a year that brought thousands of people together in opposition to that project.

Rep. Kevin Cramer also issued a statement saying he "received word" on Tuesday that the Army Corps notified Congress it will grant the easement.

Construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline will proceed, though the immediate timeline remains unclear, a state senator said.

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In January, President Donald Trump issued an executive order speeding up the approval processes for both the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. What's more, a group of US military veterans collectively known as Veterans Stand has vowed to put boots on the ground alongside the Sioux (and between law enforcement and the completion of the pipeline) to aid them in their efforts.

Governor Doug Burgum has released a statement and says while the easement process has been revived, there's no timeline set.

A cleanup of the camps which lie in the floodplain has meanwhile begun, with members of the Standing Rock Tribe leading calls for protesters to leave the area and instead take the fight to Washington D.C.

The US Army did not immediately respond to questions Tuesday night. The pipelines would be placed under the Missouri River, which serves as a primary source of drinking water for almost 10,000 people in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), meant to carry crude oil from the Bakken shale fields to IL, has been almost completed aside from a segment running under Lake Oahe, which supplies drinking water to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.

"It is also not a formal issuance of the easement-it is notification that the easement is imminent.If and when the easement is granted, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will vigorously pursue legal action". The developer, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, says the pipeline is safe.


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