Standing Rock

Judge's Order Poses Uncertain Future For Pipeline

Jun 15, 2017
Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

After a year of protests and controversy, oil began flowing through the 1,200-mile Dakota Access pipeline earlier this month. But the pipeline’s ultimate fate is now uncertain after a federal judge issued a ruling on Wednesday that challenges parts of the environmental review completed before the pipeline was permitted.

Amy SIsk / Inside Energy

With Donald Trump as president, North Dakota’s oil patch got its wish: a permit to complete the massive Dakota Access Pipeline.

The easement to complete construction under the Missouri River was signed Wednesday. With that permit in hand, the 1,200-mile pipeline could carry Bakken crude to market in Illinois in as little as 80 days.

But the pipeline faces one final hurdle: a legal challenge from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies next to the pipeline route.

Amy Sisk/Inside Energy

While North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Tribe makes headlines in protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, oil development is playing out differently for another of the state’s Indian nations.

One hundred fifty miles up the Missouri River from Standing Rock, pipelines and pumpjacks are plenty on the Fort Berthold reservation.

Brenda Kill Small

Nov 10, 2015

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Lorraine:                     Okay. We'll get started with the stories of resiliency of the Native American people. We'll start with asking your full name and your Indian name.

Brenda:                       My name is Brenda Kill Small, I wasn't fortunate enough to get an Indian name yet.

Robert His Chase

Nov 10, 2015

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Scott Davis

Nov 10, 2015

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Steven Sitting Bear

Aug 28, 2015

 

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Davis:              Tell us about yourself.