Oil will reportedly start flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline "sometime this week," the company has told a federal court.
According to The Hill, a two-page filing Monday night in the D.C. Circuit Court – a weekly update on the project's status ordered by a judge in February – was heavily redacted due to "recent coordinated physical attacks along the pipeline that pose threats to life, physical safety, and the environment," the document stated.
But the company's lawyers told the judge any potential violence "will not stop" work to put oil into the pipeline. Energy Transfer Partners "now believes that oil may flow sometime this week," The Hill reported.
The pipeline, which is a 1,172-mile project stretching from North Dakota to Illinois – with a daily daily capacity of 570,000 barrels of oil – is being fought by two Native American tribes.
Citing environmental and cultural issues, the tribes have asked a federal judge to rule on the validity of the permits issued to build it. But an appeals court over the weekend rejected the tribes' emergency request to halt work on the project, The Hill reported.
The Cheyenne River Sioux, one of the tribes fighting the pipeline, said Monday it would crowdsource funds from supporters to keep its legal fight up and running, The Hill reported.
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