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Army Corps won't resume Dakota Access pipeline work after major protest

Law enforcement officers, left, drag a person from a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, near the town of St. Anthony in rural Morton County, N.D., Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won't yet authorize construction of the $3.8 billion, four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline on federal land in southern North Dakota, it said Monday, along with reiterating its earlier request that the pipeline company voluntarily stop work on private land in the area. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

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.

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The Corps' statement came in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling Sunday that allowed construction to resume on the pipeline within 20 miles of Lake Oahe.

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North Dakota pipeline protests

Except for the section in southern North Dakota, the 1,200-mile pipeline is largely complete. Thousands of people have protested the pipeline in southern North Dakota in recent months, and nearly 125 people have been arrested since mid-August.

Keystone Pipeline

The Keystone XL proposal faced criticism from environmentalists and a minority of the members of the United States Congress. In January 2012, President Barack Obama rejected the application amid protests about the pipeline's impact on Nebraska's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Diann Woodley(born November 15, 1991) is an American actress. She first received attention as Amy on the ABC Family television series Secret Life of the American Teenager and rose to stardom in various popular and critically-acclaimed films such as The Descendants(2011), The Spectacular Now(2013), The Fault in Our Stars(2014), The Divergent Series as Beatrice"Tris" Prior and Snowden(2016).