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Dakota Access Shutdown Won’t Cause Broad Disruptions, Tribes Say

May 21, 2020, 1:37 PM

Allowing the Dakota Access pipeline to remain in service despite an unlawful federal permit would expose American Indian tribes to “risks and impacts that have never been properly examined,” four tribes told a federal court late Wednesday.

The Standing Rock Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux, Oglala Sioux, and Yankton Sioux urged the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to invalidate a permit that allows the oil project to cross part of the Missouri River, just a half-mile from tribal land in North Dakota.

After years of political debate and legal wrangling over the pipeline, the district court in March ...

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