Federal Judge to Hear Sides in Sacagawea Pipeline Controversy

The Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota say Paradigm Energy Partners did not receive consent from the tribes to construct its natural gas Sacagawea Pipeline underneath Lake Sakakawea.

The tribes ordered last month that the pipeline construction be stopped as they did not receive assurance from the pipeline developers that the project would not harm their water supply.

Paradigm Energy says it received federal permission to build the pipeline under the lake.

A court hearing has been scheduled for Thursday in Bismarck. Paradigm Energy hopes the judge will continue an injunction against the tribes so the construction can proceed.

The project received approval from North Dakota’s Public Service Commission back in January. Construction of the $125 million, 70-mile-long oil pipeline is almost complete.

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