Posted March 29, 2018 01:13:53The Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.8 billion project that would transport oil from North Dakota to Illinois, is currently under review by the Department of Justice.
On Tuesday, the US Army Corps of Engineers issued a final decision that will ultimately allow construction of the pipeline to begin.
The pipeline would run from the Bakken oilfields in North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois.
However, it would require the approval of at least two states.
The first state is South Dakota, home to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who have been camping near the project site for months.
On Monday, the tribe announced that the Army Corps has rejected their request for an easement, saying that the pipeline will endanger their water and air, and threaten their sacred land.
The decision came after the tribes attorney, Benjamin Crump, told a press conference that he would challenge the decision in court.
“I’m asking for the court to make a clear statement that the water, air and land that we’re fighting for will not be sacrificed in order to obtain a single piece of oil that’s the right kind of oil,” Crump said.
Crump also stated that the Standing Water Tribe, which has been fighting the pipeline for months, will not comply with the Army’s order.
Last week, the Standing Up For Sioux tribe held a rally on the steps of the Capitol building in support of the Standing, Dakota Access, pipeline.
President Donald Trump is expected to visit South Dakota on Wednesday.
This is a developing story.
More to come.