Protesters opposed to Dakota Access Oil Pipeline march in Dallas


A long line of protesters gathered in downtown Dallas Tuesday to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline.

The pipeline builder, Dallas-based Energy Transfer partners, asked a federal judge on Tuesday to step in and help get final approval for the plan to lay pipe under the reservoir — arguing that further delays will add millions of dollars to the cost, according to a story by Fox 4 News.

Energy Transfer Partners is building the 1,200-mile pipeline, which is designed to carry oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois at a cost of $3.8 billion, a story on NBCDFW.com news said.

However the proposed pipeline construction runs under a reservoir that provides drinking water to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota, and tribe officials say the pipeline threatens drinking water and other cultural sites, the NBC story states.

The Dallas protest was one of several coordinated demonstrations that were held across the country.

More protesters marched and rallied in Austin on Tuesday in support of the Native American tribe who oppose the pipeline, a story in the Texas Tribune said. Protests were also held in Detroit, Phoenix, Washington D.C., San Antonio and other cities.

Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would not permit Energy Transfer Partners to run the pipeline under a reservoir near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation until it had concluded discussions with the Sioux tribe about possible adverse impacts, the Tribune story said.

Energy Transfer Partners promptly vowed to take legal action over the corps' decision, which came after a two-month review, the Tribune story said. In a statement Monday, CEO Kelcy Warren said that the decision “to further delay this pipeline and to engage in what can only be described as a sham process sends a frightening message about the rule of law,” according to the Tribune’s reporting.

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