Dakota Access pipeline wants review from US Supreme Court

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FILE – In this May 9, 2015, file photo, workers unload pipes in Worthing, S.D., for the Dakota Access oil pipeline that stretches from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois. A federal judge on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline, nearly three years after it began carrying oil. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The owners of the Dakota Access pipeline say they want the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court opinions confirming that the project deserves a thorough environmental review and is currently operating without a key federal permit.

A Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals panel earlier this year supported the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and other tribes on those two issues.

That has left open the possibility that the pipeline will be shut down while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts the environmental study. Texas-based Energy Transfer, which operates the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile (1,886 kilometer) pipeline, said in a filing to the circuit court that it will ask the Supreme Court to take up its complaint.

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