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Work To Resume Immediately on Final Piece of Dakota Access Pipeline

February 9, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline says it plans to resume work immediately to finish the project.

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners on Wednesday got final permission from the Army to proceed with a crossing of the Missouri River in southern North Dakota. The crossing under Lake Oahe is the final big chunk of work on the pipeline that would carry North Dakota oil to the Patoka Tank Farm in northwestern Marion County.

Company CEO Kelcy Warren has said it will take about three months to finish the river crossing.

The work on the $3.8 billion project had been stalled for months due to opposition by the Standing Rock Sioux, but President Donald Trump last month instructed the Army Corps of Engineers to advance pipeline construction.

Opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline are protesting around the country. They posted an online list of nearly 50 events nationwide. There are large rallies, including one outside the White House, and smaller efforts, such as one in Des Moines, Iowa.

A group of protesters in Chicago targeted a bank. Another group went to an Army Corps of Engineers office in New York City, but protesters were asked to leave when they started filming without a permit.

Several people were arrested for blocking public access to a federal building in San Francisco.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe fears a pipeline leak could contaminate its drinking water. Energy Transfer Partners says the pipeline is safe.

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