Peoria Church Holds Solidarity Vigil for Standing Rock Sioux

On Tuesday, Army officials said in court filings that they would grant the final federal permit that the pipeline's sponsor, Energy Transfer Partners, needs to complete the 1,170-mile project.

The final section of the project is a crossing under Lake Oahe that would carry North Dakota oil through the pipeline to IL.

The $3.8 billion pipeline will cross the Missouri River just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

CANNON BALL, N.D. | Construction crews resumed work Thursday on the final segment of the Dakota Access pipeline, while a Native American tribe filed a legal challenge to block the work and protect its water supply.

Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman Vicki Granado said the developer started the Lake Oahe building immediately after it received the easement it needed for construction late Wednesday from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The heated dispute over the pipeline has resulted in stand-offs at its proposed path - along with a campaign calling for people and public entities to cut ties with the banks that are funding the pipeline project.

The tribe fears a pipeline leak would contaminate drinking water for the reservation and millions downstream.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said he hoped the administration of President Donald Trump would provide more resources for law enforcement.

It comes on the heels of a victory for the developer behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"This administration (Trump's) has expressed utter and complete disregard for not only our treaty and water rights, but the environment as a whole", the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said Thursday in a statement on its website.

The Army Corps of Engineers will grant an easement to continue construction on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, reports ABC News. "Americans have come together in support of the Tribe asking for a fair, balanced and lawful pipeline process".

The pipeline is now about 85 percent finished, save for a section that would pass under Lake Oahe on the Missouri River - a reservoir that serves as the main source of drinking water for the nearby Standing Rock Reservation.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, which is a member of the Great Sioux Nation, is requesting that the judge immediately issue a temporary restraining order to stop construction, with a hearing to be held at the court's earliest convenience.

"I would say expect mass resistance, far beyond what Trump has seen so far", said Tom Goldtooth, director of the Environmental Indigenous Network.

The Standing Rock opposition captured the world's attention for months in 2016, and a protest encampment swelled in size.

Workers had already drilled entry and exit holes for the crossing, and oil had been put in the pipeline leading up to the lake in anticipation of finishing the project.

  • Zachary Reyes