North Dakota pipeline construction halted until court date

Published: Aug. 18, 2016 at 10:34 AM MDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Morton County sheriff says developers of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline have agreed to halt construction of the project in southern North Dakota until a federal court hearing next week in Washington, D.C.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota to Illinois. Tribal officials filed the lawsuit last month against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The tribe's request for a temporary injunction hearing is slated Wednesday.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier says the agreement to halt construction until the court date was reached by state and local officials with pipeline developer Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

The company did not immediately return telephone calls or emails seeking comment on Thursday.

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8/18/2016 10:19:03 AM (GMT -6:00)