Energy Transfer Partners Files Lawsuit to Complete Pipeline without U.S. Corps' Final Approval

Energy Transfer Partners filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking for federal court intervention to complete its Dakota Access pipeline without the final easement approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after the Corps announced Monday that more studies were warranted before considering approval.

The Corps reported Monday after reviewing the Dakota Access pipeline route that it needs more communication with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and more studies conducted on the route before granting Energy Transfer Partners an easement to drill underneath the Missouri River.

Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, said in a statement that the easement would have been granted already if it weren’t for the “political interference” by Obama’s administration and that the pipeline company has waited long enough.

Protestors of the Dakota Access pipeline see the delay as a successful step toward stopping the pipeline from crossing underneath their water supply, which they believe the pipeline would threaten.

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