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Published: Thu, October 06, 2016
Health | By Constance Griffith

Judges ask tough questions in Dakota Access pipeline appeal

Judges ask tough questions in Dakota Access pipeline appeal

Preskey noted the pipeline construction was legally taking place outside of a no-construction zone that extends 20 miles east and west of Lake Oahe as ordered by a federal court as it considers the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request for an injunction to halt the pipeline.

"We urge you to adhere to the well-established regulatory process for permitting private infrastructure projects and approve the easement for the remaining section of the Dakota Access project without delay", the letter says.

"We do have a right to go and be on public access where these workers are going".

"I did not want my land tore up with these pipelines", he said.

The fight to block the pipeline began in July, when the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued to block the pipeline, arguing they were never meaningfully consulted before construction began.

"Millions of people across the country and world, more than 300 federally recognized tribes, members of Congress and dozens of city governments across the country, stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline", Archambault said. While that request is pending, the court has instituted an administrative injunction to briefly pause work in the area. "It's part of our collective history".

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The oil and gas industry's largest USA trade organization criticized the Obama administration Wednesday for "unilaterally halting" a pipeline that had already gone through vetting and approval by state and federal agencies.

The tribe is disputing a report by state archaeologists who found that earthwork on a segment of the pipeline route September 3 did not destroy sacred sites, after Dakota Access refused to allow tribal participation in that survey.

The camp near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers in North Dakota is on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land.

Rounds says oil is more safely transported through a pipeline than by railcars. "If we could use it all in North Dakota, it wouldn't matter. It would be hard for emergency vehicles to get through", she said.

Beckler needs to drive through a National Guard checkpoint once a week to run errands.

Protesters were advised to take other routes, Preskey said, though she added she heard that law enforcement also was blocking some other roads leading to construction sites. An additional 100 Guardsmen have been on standby alert.

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