The first thing to know about the Dakota Access Pipeline is that it has been a source of contention for months.
A federal judge ordered the company to stop work on the project on February 1, but on Friday, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that allowed construction of the pipeline to continue.
That means the pipeline is now nearly halfway finished.
Here’s what you need to know: What is the Dakota Pipeline?
The Dakota Access pipeline connects North Dakota to Illinois via the Bakken oil fields.
It’s one of the country’s largest pipelines, but it has drawn criticism for its construction, especially from Native American tribes who say it could threaten their lands and water.
North Dakota’s Department of Justice and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe say they’ll fight the Dakota pipeline project.
The pipeline’s route runs through three states, but the Standing Sun Tribe and others have filed lawsuits in Washington and Nebraska over its route and potential environmental impact.
What are the challenges in fighting the Dakota project?
North Dakota is one of three states where construction of a pipeline to carry oil is illegal.
But the Standing Star Tribe argues that because it’s located in a tribal area and has no right to use eminent domain, the Dakota’s pipeline is technically “non-discriminatory” under the US Constitution.
That’s because its route runs under tribal lands and is also in the water.
Native Americans have said they are upset that the pipeline’s construction will hurt the environment.
What is being done about the pipeline?
The Standing Rock tribe, along with other tribes, is fighting the project under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Act.
The Corps has allowed oil to flow through the pipeline for years.
The tribe is suing over the pipeline.
The Dakota pipeline’s supporters have said that the Corps’ decision will help ensure that the tribe’s interests are heard.
But environmental groups say the Corps has violated the law by not using the authority granted under the Clean Water Rule to protect the Standing Rose and other tribal lands.
What do the tribes have to do to stop the pipeline from going ahead?
The Sioux say that the Standing Sioux Tribe will sue if the Corps goes ahead with the pipeline because the pipeline could threaten its water and water sources.
In addition to the Standing Stones, tribes in Nebraska, Wisconsin and Minnesota have sued over the Dakota.
The courts have already thrown out a ruling by the Army Corps that the pipelines route is “nondiscriminating” under Section 301 of the Clean Air Act.
Those lawsuits are pending.
How do I learn more about the Standing Stone tribe?
Here’s how to learn more.
Here are some of the most common questions we get about the DAPL: What’s the legal status of the Dakota?
The DAPLS is a project of the US Army Corps.
It was approved in December 2016 by a federal judge and is subject to a review by the US Department of the Interior.
The US Army has said that it’s not a legal entity and that the project is “not subject to any regulation.”
The Army has asked the Corps to review the project’s environmental impact, and the Corps is still reviewing the legal challenge.
Do I need to build a bridge to get to the pipeline, or is it possible to get there by road?
The Corps says that its decision on the Dapls route has nothing to do with whether you can get from North Dakota by road or rail.
The project is built on land that the Army is not allowed to use for military purposes.
What if there’s a water shortage?
The Army Corps is currently reviewing the environmental impact of the project.
If the Corps issues a decision that is not in accordance with the Clean air Act, the Corps may issue a request to the Army to delay or halt construction.
If that happens, the Standing and Standing Rose Sioux tribes are appealing that decision.
If a decision is not reversed, the tribes could seek a court injunction against the Army.
Is the pipeline safe?
The Army said that all construction was safe and that its engineers did a “thorough and thorough” investigation of the impact on the environment, including the impact of earthquakes.
The company says the pipeline would not rupture, and that it does not have a “significant” chance of causing a major leak.
What about the spill?
The pipeline leaked more than 300,000 gallons of crude oil, but not enough to cause any major damage.
The Department of Energy says that it will take a report from the Army’s Environmental Protection Agency to determine the amount of oil released.
A separate study from the Environmental Protection Office found that there was a “relatively small risk” of oil entering waterways and “substantial risk” to drinking water.
The agency also says that the safety of the construction crew is “low.”
How will the pipeline affect the environment?
The project would bring oil to a new hub for the oil train that is scheduled to start in 2019.
The new pipeline would also bring more than 1.5 million barrels per day of oil to the U-M,