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Dakota Access Pipeline Developer Asks Federal Court for Permission to Proceed

DAVID MCNEW—AFP/Getty Images Activists demonstrate near a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign fundraiser with US President Barack Obama to call for a halt to the Dakota Access Pipeline project on October 24, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

The pipeline has sparked protests across the country

(CANNON BALL, N.D.) — The company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline is seeking a federal court’s permission to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota and finish the four-state project.

The Army Corps of Engineers called Monday for more study and input from the Standing Rock Sioux before it decides whether to allow the pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe. The tribe says the pipeline threatens drinking water and cultural sites.

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners and a subsidiary are asking U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to confirm the company has the legal right to proceed.

The Corps in July granted ETP the permits needed for the crossing, but it said in September that further analysis was warranted given tribal concerns.

ETP says additional delay amounts to politic interference.

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