BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Army Corps of Engineers has finished a review of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline but says it wants more study and tribal input before it allows it to cross under the Missouri River in North Dakota.
The corps had given permission to pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners permission, but in September it said more analysis was warranted in the wake of American Indian concerns.
The Standing Rock Sioux says the $3.8 billion, four-state pipeline threatens its drinking water and cultural sites. ETP disputes that and says it’s preparing to bore under the river.
Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy says in a letter to company officials and tribal Chairman Dave Archambault that “additional discussion with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and analysis are warranted.”
Darcy says the Army will work with the tribe on a timeline.