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Tribe to argue against expansion of Dakota Access pipeline

11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Tuesday, November 12 2019 Nov 12, 2019 November 12, 2019 2:21 PM November 12, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By JAMES MacPHERSON
Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other opponents are preparing to argue their case against a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Texas-based Energy Transfer wants to double the capacity of the line to as much as 1.1 million barrels daily to meet growing demand for oil shipments from North Dakota. The $3.8 billion pipeline has been moving North Dakota oil through to a shipping point in Illinois since 2017.

A hearing is set for Wednesday in Linton, North Dakota, on the proposed expansion.

Opponents have long argued that a leak in the pipeline would threaten the tribe's Missouri River water supply. The tribe says the proposal to double the line's capacity magnifies the probability of a disastrous oil spill.

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