The US Army Corp of Engineers has delayed the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to hold further discussion with the tribe, which has opposed the project.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which relies on the lake and river for its drinking water, has objected over environmental concerns. It contends that digging the pipeline under the Missouri River would affect the tribe’s drinking water supply and put communities living downstream “at risk for contamination by crude oil leaks and spills.”
On Monday, the Army Corps of Engineers halted further construction on and around the lake, because it “has not made a final decision on whether to grant an easement,” according to its statement. Further review was needed in consult with the tribe, it said.
Let’s see where this goes.