BISMARCK, N.D. – The Latest on the legal fight over the Dakota Access pipeline (all times local):
People protesting the four-state Dakota Access pipeline are making plans to oppose construction that’s restarting in southern North Dakota.
A federal appeals court ruling Sunday cleared the way for construction to resume on private land near Lake Oahe (oh-AW’-hee), though work on federal land is still held up. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners says it will start working again, but isn’t saying exactly when.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe opposes the pipeline over concerns about drinking water and cultural sites, and protests have been going on for months.
Tribal spokesman Cody Hall says protesters will be discussing nonviolent ways to oppose the work, and that methods might include protesters chaining themselves to equipment. He says protesters are “going to fight this pipeline to the very end.”
The company building the four-state Dakota Access pipeline says it will resume construction on private land near Lake Oahe (oh-AW’-hee) in North Dakota, where protests supporting tribal rights have endured for months.
The statement from Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners comes in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling Sunday allowing construction to resume within 20 miles of the lake. The $3.8 million, 1,200-mile pipeline is otherwise largely complete.
The Standing Rock Sioux wants the construction to stop because of concerns about water supply and cultural artifacts, although a state archaeologist says an inspection found none on the land.
Thousands of people have protested in support of the tribe, and 123 people have been arrested since mid-August, including actress Shailene Woodley and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.