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Published: Fri, February 03, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Army Corps ordered to approve Dakota Access Pipeline


But in a statement Tuesday night, the Standing Rock Sioux said they had not received notice that the easement had been granted, calling the lawmakers' claims "premature" and challenging the possible suspension of the Army Corps' environmental impact statement as a "wholly unexplained and arbitrary change based on the president's personal views and, potentially, personal investments".

John Hoeven of North Dakota released a statement announcing that acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer had directed to Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement, one of the final pieces of the 1,172-mile pipeline that will shuttle crude oil from North Dakota to IL.

Hoeven spokesman Don Canton told The Associated Press late Tuesday that the easement "isn't quite issued yet, but they plan to approve it" within a matter of days. The following day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the easement.

Protesters in recent times have flocked to North Dakota, including celebrities such as Shailene Woodley, attempting to disrupt the pipeline's construction.

Speer's order comes one week after President Trump signed a directive instructing the Army Corps to quickly issue a construction easement for a stretch of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

"This has been a hard issue for all involved, particularly those who live and work in the area of the protest site, and we need to bring it to a peaceful resolution", Hoeven said in his statement. Hoeven said he had also talked with Vice-President Mike Pence.

"The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will vigorously pursue legal action to ensure the environmental impact statement order issued late previous year is followed so the pipeline process is legal, fair and accurate".

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They had counter-attack, really clear moments, where they had chances. "The gaffer has come in and the way we train with the intensity is so tough".

The group won a brief victory when the US Army Corps of Engineers announced in December it would not grant an easement for the line to cross under a river near the Standing Rock reservation.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, along with other Native American groups, environmentalists and other activists have argued that the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline led by Energy Transfer Partners would damage sacred lands and could leak oil into the tribe's water supply.

"In order for them to issue this easement, Army Corps has to abandon a process that they already started", said Nick Tilsen, a longtime Lakota pipeline activist and founder of the Thunder River Community Development Corp., which builds sustainable development projects.

Dakota Access protests cropped up around the country before that announcement, and thousands of demonstrators established protest camps against it in North Dakota.

"The goal is still to continue working with Tribal officials and protest camp leaders to clear and clean the main camps before flooding happens and for protesters to leave the area", the Morton County sheriff's office said in a statement. Boasberg is presiding over litigation between the tribe, the pipeline company and the government.

Two medics were arrested, according to Noah Morris, a medic who has been at Standing Rock for months. "It will be economic ruin for the state of North Dakota".

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