BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s congressional delegation and a laborers union are applauding a federal appeals court ruling allowing construction to continue on a small stretch of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline.

The ruling Sunday clears the way for pipeline work to resume within 20 miles of Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The pipeline is otherwise nearly complete.

The Laborers International Union says the ruling affirms that the pipeline is a lawfully permitted project.

Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman tells The Bismarck Tribune that continuing construction would be “a tragedy.”

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is still appealing a court ruling that let work on the entire pipeline go forward. And federal agencies have prohibited construction on a section right at Lake Oahe where land is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Comments (3)
  1. White privilege with no heart. Big oil’s stoogs win again. Best government (ND) money can buy. We complain about blood diamonds but blood oil seems perfectly acceptable. No more will I Discover North Dakota.

    1. bulldog says:

      North Dakota’ corporate owned government has put all their eggs in big oil’s basket and they will pay dearly for it in the future.

      1. Dan Mack says:

        Yes bullfrog, Your solution,, crushing babies to produce oil for the Socialist gristmill, is the right one. We’ll have to crank up the Socialist professional unwed welfare babymomma program another notch to both produce the required voters and grease the Socialist Party elite’s wheels.

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