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State, feds address cleanup at oil pipeline protest camp

State, feds address cleanup at oil pipeline protest camp”

A judge has rejected a request by two American Indian tribes to halt construction of the remaining section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline until their lawsuit over the project is resolved. "The tribes will continue to pursue legal remedies through the courts, seek an injunction against the pipeline and push for the full Environmental Impact Statement to be completed".

The pipeline project is created to carry crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken Shale to IL, where the pipeline connects to existing networks to bring the oil as far south as Nederland, Texas.

The pipeline developer reached out to the tribe more than two years ago but has been continually rebuffed, Mr Mahmoud said.

Energy Transfer Partners, which maintains the pipeline is safe, did not immediately respond in court to the filing.

CNSNews.com reported last week that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must shut down and remediate Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps to avoid "significant environmental damage" from the protestors' trash, debris, and untreated waste.

Attorneys for the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes had asked Judge Boasberg to block construction with a temporary restraining order, arguing that the 1,170-mile pipeline would prevent the tribes from holding religious ceremonies at a lake they say is surrounded by sacred ground.

"From what I've seen (law enforcement officers) are the terrorists".

An executive with the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline compared the actions of protesters with terrorists in testimony to Congress on Wednesday.

The pipeline company has argued that the risks to the water supply are minimal and that the tribes didn't raise religious concerns earlier in the approval process.

Federal Judge James Boasberg on Monday refused to immediately grant the request but said he'll more fully consider the idea at a February 27 hearing.

President Donald Trump's recent executive order essentially moved the project forward.

The vehicle estimate is more than double the original count by local officials, who have aided the Standing Rock Sioux in hauling off tons of garbage scattered across U.S.

The agency said earlier this month it'll shut down the camp on federal land February 22.

"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.

A judge also denied the emergency bid by Sioux Tribe members to stop construction.



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