The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won't authorize construction of the $3.8 billion, four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline on federal land in southern North Dakota, it said Monday. It also reiterated its earlier request that the pipeline company voluntarily stop work on private land in the area and called on pipeline owner Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners to voluntarily stop work in the area. A joint statement from the Justice Department, Interior Department and the Corps said that the government was not ready to allow pipeline work to continue on its land bordering and under Lake Oahe, a reservoir that the agency manages on the Missouri River and the water supply for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
[Officials] look forward to a serious discussion during a series of consultations ... on whether there should be nationwide reform on the tribal consultation process for these types of infrastructure projects.Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II
Federal appeals court ruled Sunday that allowed construction to resume on the pipeline, which sparked a large protest Monday that led to the arrest of 27 people, including "Divergent" actress Shailene Woodley. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe believes that the pipeline, which will cross through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois, would destroy cultural artifacts and could pollute drinking water.