U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Continues to Halt Dakota Access Pipeline on Federal Land

Despite a federal appeals court decision to allow construction of the Dakota Access pipeline within 20 miles of Lake Oahe, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday it is not ready to allow construction on federal land in North Dakota.

In addition to its announcement, the Corps reiterated its request that Energy Transfer Partners, the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline, continue to voluntarily halt construction on the surrounding 20 miles of private land.

According to the Corps’ statement, officials will conduct a discussion during a number of consultations starting Tuesday that will go over whether there should be a nationwide reform on how tribes are consulted for infrastructure projects.

Federal agencies are still reviewing permits, and there has not been a definite time set for their conclusion.

Houston Chronicle