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article imageCompany wants any further study on Dakota Pipeline put on hold

By Karen Graham     Jan 18, 2017 in Environment
On Monday, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) filed a motion to bar the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from doing a full environmental study for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline that will run under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.
ETP requested the motion be filed on Monday with the U.S. District Court judge for the District of Columbia. This would bar any further environmental impact statements by the Corps of Engineers until a ruling is made on whether the company already has the necessary approvals for the pipeline crossing.
The Corps of Engineers has already said it would publish a notice in the Federal Register on Wednesday stating its intent to prepare an environmental impact statement on the requested easement for Lake Oahe. The notice will also ask the public to comment on any potential issues or concerns as well as propose alternative routes for the pipeline, according to Reuters.
The notice was published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017. The document has a comment period ending in 33 days, or on February 20, 2017.
In December, the Corps denied Energy Transfer Partners an easement to drill under Lake Oahe, the water source for the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, and the focus of protests by thousands of people from around the world. Members of the tribe are very concerned that the line could damage drinking water and desecrate sacred grounds, reports AGWeek News.
The controversial $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile (1.885 km)pipeline will transport 570,000 barrels per day of crude from the Bakken shale of North Dakota to the Midwest. President-elect Trump has already said he approves the pipeline.
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