Corps won’t allow pipeline work on federal land

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Corps of Engineers says it won’t yet authorize construction of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline on federal land in southern North Dakota.

The corps also is asking Energy Transfer Partners to respect the government’s earlier request that it voluntarily stop construction on private land within 20 miles of Lake Oahe.

The corps statement comes after a federal appeals court ruling Sunday allowing construction to resume within 20 miles of the lake. The corps must still give its blessing for work on federal land bordering and under the lake, and officials say they’re still reviewing whether there need to be reforms in considering tribal views on infrastructure projects.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe opposes the pipeline.