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Army Corps: After review, DAPL oil spill risks are low

BISMARCK — After additional review ordered by a federal judge, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday, Aug. 31, the Dakota Access Pipeline won't have "significant impacts" to hunting and fishing resources.

The Corps, in a court filing, said the risks of an oil spill are low "and any impacts to hunting and fishing resource(s) will be of limited scope and duration." It also said the pipeline wouldn't result in "disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority populations."

The pipeline was the subject of months of protests over its Lake Oahe crossing next to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in southern North Dakota. The $3.8 billion pipeline between western North Dakota and Illinois began shipping oil last year but tribes continue to fight the project in court.

A federal judge said in June 2017 that the Corps didn't "adequately consider" the impacts of an oil spill when permitting the project and would have to reconsider an environmental analysis.

In a statement issued Friday, Standing Rock Chairman Mike Faith said the tribe would review the decision and determine "how best to proceed." He said the Corps produced a "cynical and one-sided document designed to paper over mistakes, not address the tribe's legitimate concerns."

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