North Dakota regulators are proposing to fine Energy Transfer Partners, the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline, of at least $15,000 after claiming the company continued construction last month without receiving regulators’ permission.
The Public Service Commission of North Dakota announced Monday that Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer, did not ask for permission from the regulators to continue construction last month after finding certain ancient artifacts.
The company rerouted around the artifacts so as not to disturb them when they were found, which was approved by the State Historic Preservation Office. However, the regulators claim the company should have received clearance from the regulators as well.
A spokesperson for Energy Transfer says the company does not think it violated any rules but that it is currently working with the Public Service Commission. The company can agree to the fine or request a hearing.