Several members of Congress wrote a letter to the White House Thursday urging President Obama to reject federal permits in order to permanently stop construction on the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.
According to information from NBC News, the two-page letter was co-signed by 19 members of Congress, some who are known to be influential among the group’s progressive Democrats. The letter addresses issues affecting Native Americans, saying the pipeline poses threats to tribal and human rights.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation is just a half-mile from the pipeline route near the border of North Dakota and South Dakota, say the pipeline would contaminate water supply and destroy lands where their ancestors were buried.
Despite the controversy of the line, Dakota Access pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners has said it is committed to the project that would bring millions of dollars into the local economy and generate thousands of jobs.
The federal appeals court, which temporarily halted construction on that area of the line last month, is expected to make a decision on the fate of the project by October 11.