Energy Transfer Partners says it “looks forward to a prompt resumption of construction” of a section of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation in North Dakota, following a new court decision.


A federal appeals court ruling on Sunday dissolved an administrative injunction that had temporarily suspended construction on the crude-oil pipeline near the proposed crossing of the Missouri River at Lake Oahe. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has protested the project for months, saying it could endanger the water supply. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals follows an earlier ruling by a federal district court to deny a motion by the tribe to halt construction.


“The decisions by two separate federal courts show that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acted with great care and followed the law with respect to the river crossing permits issued to Dakota Access,” said Energy Transfer Partners in a statement released Tuesday. “We continue to believe that the Army Corps will soon issue the easement for approximately 1,100 feet necessary for the crossing beneath the Missouri River--the sole remaining authorization necessary for completion of the project.”

Industrial Info is tracking the development and construction of six terminals and seven pump stations that are part of the pipeline, as well as details such as equipment and contractors. The 1,172-mile, 30-inch-diameter pipeline will connect the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. It will run through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois, but it is in North Dakota where the $3.8 billion project has drawn the most controversy.


Industrial Info's Oil & Gas Pipeline Intelligence Platform covers natural gas, crude oil and refined products pipelines with lengths of 50 miles or more, with at least 1,000-horsepower compressor or pump-station capacity, with detailed information on more than 4,600 active capital and maintenance projects with a combined value of more than $519.29 billion. For related information, see September 14, 2016, article - Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Halted! ... Across 40 Miles, Temporarily.


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