DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dakota Access Pipeline shares the Army Corps’ commitment to ensuring public safety at the protest site in North Dakota, and we have been working diligently with local enforcement officials in North Dakota in their efforts to protect our construction workers and peacefully remove protestors who are trespassing on private land. Dakota Access has repeatedly indicated to the Corps that if we can agree on a date certain upon which we can complete construction, Dakota Access is prepared to suspend construction activities near Lake Oahe for a reasonable time period as part of an effort to diffuse tension and to facilitate the peaceful removal of protestors from the protest site.
The Corps has steadfastly and repeatedly rejected that offer.
In our view, the authority to complete construction is part and parcel of a river crossing permit which was issued by the Corps on July 25. That permit allows for passage of the pipe beneath the surface of Corps owned lands (500 feet of land on each side of Lake Oahe). Despite stating publicly, including before a Federal Judge in early September, that its “review process” related to Dakota Access would be concluded “in weeks, not months,” the Corps review continues even though the grounds for doing so are unclear and reek of political interference. Given that fact, Dakota Access has been left with no choice but to fulfill its responsibilities to its tens of thousands of unitholders by continuing its efforts to complete the project.
As a practical matter, pipeline construction in the State of North Dakota is complete except for the crossing beneath the Missouri River at Lake Oahe.
We now wish to reiterate—publicly—that Dakota Access shares the safety concerns of the Corps and is prepared to suspend activities at the site if Dakota Access and the Corps can agree upon a date certain upon which we can complete construction beneath the Missouri River at Lake Oahe.