Dakota Access Pipeline

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Dakota Access Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners filed a lawsuit Aug. 22, against Greenpeace, Earth First!, BankTrack and other environmental groups, saying they caused in the pipeline's construction, NPR reported. Energy Transfer Partners said in the lawsuit that the groups brought “billions of dollars of damage” through “criminal activity and campaigns of misinformation” to the project.

American Indian tribes who are still fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in court have dropped an appeal of a federal judge's decision that allowed final construction to proceed on the project that is just two weeks from operating commercially.

Federal officials have granted the easement necessary for construction of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. The Army Corps of Engineers announced February 8th it had given Dakota Access developers the easement they need to lay an oil pipeline under Lake Oahe on the Missouri River south of Bismarck.

President Donald Trump will sign executive actions Tuesday to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Pipelines, NBC News confirms. He is expected to sign executive orders regarding both projects in the Oval Office this morning. The decision is sure to anger environmental advocates who say that the projects would have severe negative impacts on the areas where they are built and would encourage more reliance on fossil fuels.

The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a federal judge to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion pipeline's disputed crossing of a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

Reopening a bridge near the main Dakota Access pipeline protest encampment is key to restoring better relations between the state and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, according to North Dakota's now-former governor and the tribal chairman, but the effort will take weeks if not months.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A lawsuit from two Sioux tribes seeking suing to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline was put on hold while a separate but related court battle over the project plays out. Dallas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners is asking U.S.

The current Dakota Access pipeline route will be denied, the U.S. Army announced on Sunday, in a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and activists against the construction. Assistant secretary for civil works Jo-Ellen Darcy confirmed the decision on Sunday, and said it was based on a need to “explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.” Work on the controversial pipeline will halt so the Army Corps of Engineers can conduct an environmental-impact study to look at possible alternative routes for the 1,170-mile project.

TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline Project expects a revived turn of events post conclusion of the U.S. presidential election 2016. The company is looking up to President Donald Trump to wave the green flag for the construction of this project. A previous proposal seeking Presidential Permit was scrapped by the Ex-Commander-in-Chief citing heavy protests from environmental organizations and activists.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Police have arrested 14 protesters near the north Florida construction site for a segment of a 516-mile-long natural gas pipeline that is being built through three Southeastern states. The Gainesville Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2fPba8I ) that the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office made the arrests on Saturday, including one man who had locked himself to a truck that was delivering water.