Partial sale of Dakota Access Pipeline completed after construction starts back up

Elbert EdwardsFeb 17, 2017

The Oseti Sakowin camp, on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, is the site of protests against an oil pipeline under construction in the area.

Chase Iron Eyes, a member of the Standing Rock Tribe, said in the call that the pipeline would also cause economic harm to Native Americans. They argued based on religious grounds but the ETP and the army disputed that the cultural sites have been affected and said there was time for the lawsuit to be heard before oil began to flow through the pipeline.

While construction will continue for now, the legal battle isn't over.

Both the corps and company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline argue that the risk of spill from the pipeline is minimal and that the tribes failed to raise these religious concerns in a timely manner.

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to help accelerate cleanup efforts at a North Dakota camp that has housed hundreds and sometimes thousands of Dakota Access pipeline opponents.

The Washington Post managed to find space to publish a story on the situation on Monday, but its story angle was completely sympathetic to the protesters - whose efforts have now cost Morton County taxpayers nearly $33 million at last count, with millions more to come - and to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose national call to action last summer was the catalyst for the influx of the outside protesters.

From there the oil will flow to another pipeline connecting south-central IL to the Gulf of Mexico and that region's numerous oil refineries.

U.S. District Court Judge James A. Boasberg rejected a request Monday by tribes to block temporary construction on the 1,172-mile, four-state pipeline's last piece under Lake Oahe.

But he said he'd consider the arguments more thoroughly at another hearing on February 27.

"From the state of North Dakota standpoint, February 22nd might have been a fine date a month ago, but it's not a good day today in practicality with the people that are there", said Republican Gov. Doug Burgum, according to ABC News. The tribe scored a victory when President Obama paused construction pending an environmental review, but that now looks be dashed after Trump's executive order.

Law enforcement has used tactics such as rubber bullets, tear gas and water sprays against protesters during clashes in southern North Dakota near the pipeline route, Frazier said, adding that he personally has been hit by rubber bullets and tear gas.

"It's easier to get some of the structures up because they were iced down, and they're starting to come up a little easier", Standing Rock clean-up coordinator Hans Youngbird Bradley told KFYR-TV.

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