Federal Review of Dakota Access Pipeline Expected to Finish within Weeks

The U.S. Justice Department estimates that the ongoing review on a stalled portion of the the Dakota Access pipeline should be finished within weeks, not months.

The temporary halt on the portion of the Dakota Access pipeline continues to be stalled while the government decides whether to issue the required permits for the construction to continue on federal land that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe claims is sacred. The affected portion of the pipeline is located near Lake Oahe in North and South Dakota.

District Judge James Boasberg on September 9 had denied the tribe’s request for an injunction to stop the pipeline on what they say are sacred grounds, but minutes after his ruling the federal government temporarily stopped construction so further reviews could be made on pipeline permits.

The Dakota Access pipeline project has gained national attention as thousands across the country continue to protest the pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other supporting tribes claim the pipeline would destroy sacred lands that include burial sites. Protestors also argue that a pipeline spill would significantly damage their water supply.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to file a response to the Standing Rock complaint by October 11.