As an environmental study for the Dakota Access Pipeline continues, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepares to meet with American Indian tribes who argue they were left out of the process.
Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Yankton, and Oglala Sioux tribes filed a lawsuit in 2016 in hopes to shut down the $3.8 billion pipeline that began moving oil from North Dakota to Illinois in June last year. The tribes argue that the pipeline could cause environmental and cultural harm. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg is currently overseeing the lawsuit.
Although Boasberg allowed the pipeline to begin operations last year despite lingering concerns of its impact on tribal interests, he ordered additional study on the line, which is currently underway.
Standing Rock and Cheyenne River said earlier this year that they were not given a significant role in the additional study process and asked Judge Boasberg to allow them more involvement. Their request was rejected.
To complete the study, the U.S. Army Corps needs additional information from the tribes, which it has had difficulty obtaining. The Corps is scheduled to meet with each tribe by June 1.
The New York Times