Dakota Access offers up March 6 as earliest date for completion
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
More on: cheyenne river sioux, dakota access pipeline, dave archambault, dc, donald trump, meetings, ncai, north dakota, standing rock sioux, usace
Cleanup efforts continue at Oceti Sakowin, which was the largest #NoDAPL encampment in North Dakota. Residents and organizers face a February 22, 2017, deadline to leave the site, which is located on land managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Photo: Redhawk
The wealthy backers of the Dakota Access
Pipeline continue to make significant progress on the controversial project.
According to a status report filed in federal court on Tuesday, construction crews have completed drilling a "pilot hole" under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. They are now "reaming" the hole, or making it larger in preparation for installing a 30-inch pipe through the Missouri River.
As a result, the earliest possible date for completion is March 6, attorneys wrote. But the window appears to be wide open -- it could be until April 1 before oil is flowing along the pipeline, according to the status update.
"As of now, Dakota Access estimates and targets that the pipeline will be complete and ready to flow oil anywhere between the week of March 6, 2017 and April 1, 2017," the report stated.
Dakota Access will be filing status reports every week as construction activities continue in North Dakota.
The 1,172-mile pipeline is all but complete except for the portion on federally-managed land at Lake Oahe. The Obama administration had put a hold on work there in order to consider issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies less than a half-mile south of the crossing.
Just four days after taking office on January 20, Republican President
Donald Trump ordered his administration to review the final portion in an "expedited" manner. Barely two weeks later, the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers approved the work at Lake Oahe and issued an easement to Dakota Access, whose parent company has put total costs at $4.9 billion.
The tribe is seeking to set aside the easement as part of the ongoing lawsuit in federal court. A motion was submitted last week and briefing will continue amid the ongoing work in North Dakota.
"We don't feel like this fight is over," Chairman Dave Archambault II said at the winter session of the National Congress of American
Indians in Washington, D.C., last Wednesday.
Additionally, the Cheyenne
River Sioux Tribe is seeking a preliminary injunction to stop construction and prevent oil from flowing through the pipeline based on threats to its religious practices. A hearing takes place February 28 at the federal courthouse in D.C.
Federal Register Notice:
of Termination of the Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement in
Connection With Dakota Access, LLC's Request for an Easement To Cross Lake Oahe,
North Dakota (February 17, 2017)
Prior Federal Register Notice:
of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement in Connection With Dakota
Access, LLC's Request for an Easement To Cross Lake Oahe, North Dakota
(January 18, 2017)
Dakota Access Pipeline Approval Documents:
Justice Notice | Department of
the Army Approval Memorandum | Notice
of Termination of EIS for Dakota Access Pipeline | Easement
Letter to Congressional Leadership
White House Documents:
Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (January 24,
Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline (January 24,
Order Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority
Infrastructure Projects (January 24, 2017)
Memorandum Regarding Construction of American Pipelines (January 24,
Memorandum Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic
Manufacturing (January 24, 2017)
Release: President Trump Takes Action to Expedite Priority Energy and
Infrastructure Projects (January 24, 2017)
Rock Sioux Tribe hopes to see return of casino business (2/21)
Gilio-Whitaker: Sen. Hoeven raises red flags in Indian Country (2/20)
of Indian Affairs issues 'trespass' notice to #NoDAPL camp (2/17)
on injunction against Dakota Access moved to February 28 (2/17)
Department formally cancels Dakota Access Pipeline review (2/16)
Sun News Today: Dakota Access firms see spills, explosions (2/16)
Giago Davies: Tribes face bigger threat than Dakota Access (2/16)
Mills: Tribes turn to courts to battle Dakota Access Pipeline (2/16)
Rock leader vows to 'forgive' despite White House slight (2/15)
Socialist: Voices from water protectors at Standing Rock (2/15)
leader of key House panel defends handling of Dakota Access (2/14)
Access ready to start transporting oil sooner than expected (2/13)
tribes join effort to halt completion of Dakota Access Pipeline (2/13)
Corps gave go ahead to Dakota Access Pipeline in key memo (2/13)
Trahant: Battle over Dakota Access Pipeline is far from over (2/13)
head back to court in hopes of halting Dakota Access Pipeline (2/10)
Access pushes to finish pipeline with Army Corps easement (2/9)
Charles: The real reason Trump hasn't heard about #NoDAPL (2/9)
Giago Davies: Dakota Access battle has got us divided again (2/9)
promise fight to keep Dakota Access Pipeline out of homeland (2/8)
Dakota Access document from Army Corps wasn't filed in court (2/8)
Gabriel Ware & James Trimarco: City breaks with bank over DAPL (2/8)
Loeffelholz Dunn: In defense of Native journalist Jenni Monet (2/8)
Luger: Media is still trying to divide and conquer our people (2/8)
d'Errico: Even Donald Trump can't trample over tribal treaties (2/8)
Carmen/Roberto Borrero: Trump's slash and burn on treaties (2/8)
administration formally approves easement for Dakota Access (2/7)
Trahant: Native journalist charged by North Dakota authorities (2/7)
Bender: Donald Trump goes blitzkrieg on #NoDAPL movement (2/7)
Access offers timeline as Trump finalizes decision on pipeline (2/6)
Bravebull Allard: Indigenous nations must stand our ground (2/6)
Monet: I got arrested for reporting on the #NoDAPL movement (2/6)
Cook: Now it is time for all of us to stand down at Standing Rock (2/6)
Madeson: More tribes joining with #DefundDAPL movement (2/3)
Trahant: Donald Trump's 'logic' on the Dakota Access Pipeline (2/1)
LaDuke: Tribes emboldened by resistance at Standing Rock (2/1)
Sun News Today: Tribes push back on Trump's pipeline orders (2/1)
Copyright © Indianz.Com