The Department of the Army has begun its review of the Dakota Access Pipeline but hasn’t issued a final permit for the project.
In a statement given to Reuters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said that the Assistant Secretary for the Army Civil Works “will make a decision on the pipeline once a full review and analysis is completed in accordance” a directive issued by President Donald Trump.
The DOA has not yet granted an easement that would allow the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to travel through Army Corps land in Lake Oahe, North Dakota.
North Dakota Senator John Hoeven said earlier this week that the Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer informed him that he has directed the Corps to grant the easement needed to complete the DAPL.
Hoeven added that the Corps, the Department of Justice, the Department of Interior and the Department of Homeland Security are working to secure additional federal law enforcement resources to support state and local law enforcement.
President Trump signed an executive order earlier this month that calls for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and the Corps to “review and approve in an expedited manner” requests to construct and operate the DAPL.
The Corps paused work on the remaining stretch of the DAPL last year following a lawsuit filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
The tribe filed a lawsuit alleging that the Corps violated historic preservation and environmental laws when it approved the DAPL.
The Corps continued to delay construction despite a federal court ruling in September that found work on the pipeline could move forward.
U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg declined to halt construction at a portion of the pipeline after finding the tribe did not adequately show that work related to the project is “likely to cause damage.”
The Dakota Access Project is operated by Energy Transfer Partners and will stretch 1,172 miles and will connect Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois.