Energy Transfer is moving ahead on Dakota Access construction in North Dakota despite the federal government’s request that they temporarily halt construction on the private land.
The company’s decision to make way on the private land came after a federal appeals court approved the continuation of construction on a stretch of private land near Lake Oahe in North Dakota.
“Dakota Access looks forward to a prompt resumption of construction activities,” the company stated in an email Tuesday.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ permits for construction on federal land is Energy Transfer’s last hurdle to jump in order to finish construction on the pipeline. Currently, construction has been halted on this segment of land near Lake Oahe as federal agencies review the permits.
Although a timetable has not been set for a decision on the permits, a Justice Department attorney announced last month that the federal review should take weeks, not months, to complete.