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CorpWatch : Native Tribes Protest Energy Transfer Partners North Dakota Oil Pipeline

29.10.16

CorpWatch : Native Tribes Protest Energy Transfer Partners North Dakota Oil Pipeline: [by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog/ October 3rd, 2016] Over the last decade, oil companies have flocked to North Dakota, to extract shale oil by fracking the Bakken rock formation. Most of the crude has historically been shipped out by rail. In 2014 Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners began the process of applying for government permits to build a pipeline that would begin in Stanley, North Dakota, and snake 1,170 miles across the state border to Patoka, Illinois. The final permit was issued July 25, 2016 after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers verified the work plans, allowing the company to project that it would be able to complete the project by the end of the year.

But the company did not consult with the tribes whose lands are likely to be affected such as the Standing Rock Sioux, despite the fact that the pipeline will pass under the Missouri River a half mile from their reservation. "We have laws that require federal agencies to consider environmental risks and protection of Indian historic and sacred sites," Dave Archambault II, the elected chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, said in a statement. "But the Army Corps has ignored all those laws and fast-tracked this massive project just to meet the pipeline's aggressive construction schedule."


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