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Two more spills of oil from Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota






Tens of thousands of veterans showed up to the #NoDAPL encampment in early December 2016 to North Dakota to show support for the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo: Joe Brusky

The Dakota Access Pipeline spilled oil on two separate occasions in North Dakota, the Associated Press reports.

Both spills were relatively small: 2 barrels, or 84 gallons, on March 3 and about a half a barrel, or 20 gallons, on March 5, according to the AP. Both occurred while the controversial pipeline was still under construction in a different portion of the state.

That portion was approved by the Trump administration over the objections of Indian Country. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Yankton Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are in court hoping to stop the pipeline from going into service due to potential spills and leaks.

A federal judge hasn't indicated when he might rule on motions to set aside the Trump administration's approval. A date for a hearing, if any, hasn't been posted on the federal court's online system.

The wealthy backers of the project say June 1 is their first date of service. The 1,172-mile pipeline starts in North Dakota and goes through South Dakota and Iowa before ending in Illinois.

The pipeline already spilled oil in South Dakota but the state won't be fining the company.

Read More on the Story:
Leaks found on Dakota Access pipeline system (AP 5/22)

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