Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Sues U.S. Army Corps Over Approval of Pipeline Permits

standing rock sioux tribe sues army corps of engineers over approval of dakota access pipeline permit approvals

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for approving permits for the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline that will run through North Dakota to Illinois.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the permits on Tuesday finalizing the project and giving it a green light for construction. The lawsuit filed by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe came on Wednesday, the day after the approval.

The Tribe opposes the 1,172-mile pipeline planned by Energy Transfer as it believes the pipeline would pose a threat to its drinking water among other environmental resources on the reservation that lies between North and South Dakota.

In its case filed to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the Tribe wrote, “The construction and operation of the pipeline, as authorized by the Corps, threatens the Tribe’s environmental and economic well-being, and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious, and cultural significance to the Tribe.”

The Tribe also stated in its court papers that the project is in violation of the National Historic Preservation Act along with other laws.

The Corps have not yet responded to media over the suit.

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