Acting secretary of the Army Robert Speer has ordered the Corps of Engineers to grant an easement for the Dakota pipeline to run under lake Oahe, according to Senator John Hoeven and Representative Kevin Cramer, both of whom support the endeavor.
"This will enable the company to complete the project which can and will be built with the necessary safety features to protect the Standing Rock Souix tribe and others downstream," Hoeven said.
The Standing Rock Souix tribe released a statement which said they have not yet been informed the permit has been grant, and plan to challenge this action in court once it is confirmed. Meantime, they continue the standoff that escalated in October 2016 that has captured nationwide attention and the support of thousands.
"We stand ready to fight this battle against corporate interest superseding government procedure and the health and well-being of millions of Americans," a statement by the Tribe said.
On January 24, 2017, Trump issued two executive actions greenlighting the Dakota Access and Keytone XL pipelines. The 1,170-mile Dakota Access pipeline is almost finished, needing only the 1100 feet going under Lake Oahe and several other short pieces. When complete, it will cross four states, carrying oil from the shale fields in North Dakota to refineries in Illinois.
Timeline of Standing Rock Protest: http://fusion.net/story/372387/timeline-nodapl-protests-standing-rock/