The Obama administration has denied a final approval for the Dakota Access pipeline.
The Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it would not issue an easement for the oil project to cross Lake Oahe, a dammed section of the Missouri River. Instead, the agency will undertake additional National Environmental Policy Act analysis to consider potential impacts and alternative routes.
“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, who oversees the Army Corps, said in a statement. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”