Published November 16, 2016
STANDING ROCK— On Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stated more time is needed to hear from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe before it will grant a final decision on whether to grant an easement to Energy Transfer Partners for the Dakota Access pipeline. The Corps said “construction on or under Corps land bordering Lake Oahe cannot occur.”
Late Monday, Energy Transfer Partners LP and Sunoco Logistics Partners LP, the developers of DAPL filed suit in federal district court in Washington, D.C. to complete the 1.172 pipeline.
“Dakota Access Pipeline has waited long enough to complete this pipeline. Dakota Access Pipeline has been granted every permit, approval, certificate, and right-of-way needed for the pipeline’s construction. It is time for the Courts to end this political interference and remove whatever legal cloud that may exist over the right-of-way beneath federal land at Lake Oahe,” said Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners.
“Dakota Access is so desperate to get this project in the ground that it is now suing the federal government on the novel theory that it doesn’t need an easement to cross federal lands,” Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement. “They are wrong, and the lawsuit will not succeed. We are looking forward to discussing the easement with the administration and explaining why it must be denied.
Dakota Access previously told the Court that if they were not delivering oil on Jan. 1, 2017, their shipper contracts would expire and the project would be in jeopardy.
So they are rushing to get the pipeline in the ground hastily to meet that deadline. The only urgency here was created by their own reckless choice to build the pipeline before it had all the permits to do so. They chose to reroute this pipeline away from Bismarck and put it at our doorstep and through our treaty lands and sacred places, even after we told them that it could not pass here. They made bad decisions and are now facing the consequences. The tide is turning against this project. We thank all of our water protectors who have raised their voices against it. You are being heard.”
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