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DAPL: moving ahead

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After challenging US District Judge James Boasberg’s decision to allow the completion of construction of the final segment of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes have been refused to grant an emergency order that would halt the delivery of oil from DAPL by a US appeals court.

RT reported: “The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Saturday that the tribes had not met the requirements for the order to be issued.”

While DAPL is wrapping up work under Lake Oahe and is almost ready to commence with the transportation of oil, police from Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office have recently reported that part of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) was vandalised over the weekend.

According to Chief Deputy Chad Brown, the attack was a “small burnt hole in the pipeline” of approximately the size of a penny. He added: “at that time there was no oil or spilling coming out or anything like that.”

Brown estimated the damage to be US$30 000 - US$60 000, according to KDLT.

However, despite this and several other recent attacks, as reported by abc News, the company behind the project (Energy Transfer Partners) has stated that DAPL remains on track to start moving oil this week.

The 30 in. DAPL is a 1172 mile (1886 km) oil pipeline that begins in the Bakken oil fields (northwestern North Dakota) and extends to Patoka (Illinois). Once fully operational, the pipeline will carry over 400 000 bpd of crude oil.

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