On Wednesday The Army Corps of Engineers gave Energy Transfer Partners formal permission to lay pipe under Lake Oahe. This was the final regulatory challenge preventing the pipeline from being completed and has been cleared the way for completion of the 1,200-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline. Work has been stopped for months due to protests by the Standing Rock Sioux and their court battle with the developer and the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corp is responsible for the federal land where the last segment of the pipeline will be laid. After taking office President Donald Trump moved swiftly to get the pipeline construction moving. The Corps originally launched an environmental impact study (EIS) on Jan. 18, but Trump signed an executive action on January 24th directing the The Army Corps of Engineers to allow Energy Transfer Partners to proceed with construction.
Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) spokeswoman Vicki Granado confirmed this morning that construction has resumed "immediately after receiving the easement."
Workers had already drilled entry and exit holes for the crossing, and oil had been put in the pipeline leading up to the lake in anticipation of finishing the project. CEO Kelcy Warren has said Energy Transfer Partners could complete the pipeline in about three months.
The original route for the pipeline crossed north of Bismarck. It was rerouted south when there were concerns by the residents of Bismarck.
This is an unconfirmed photo from onsite of the construction this AM from a worker. The photo has since been taken down.