The Obama administration gave the Standing Rock Sioux tribe a partial victory on Monday, by declining to grant a final easement for a disputed section of the the Dakota Access pipeline that would skirt its ancestral land. It called, instead, for "additional discussion and analysis."
"Dakota Access Pipeline has waited long enough to complete this pipeline," Kelcy Warren, chief executive of Energy Transfer Partners said in a statement. "Dakota Access Pipeline has been granted every permit, approval, certificate, and right-of-way needed for the pipeline's construction. It is time for the Courts to end this political interference and remove whatever legal cloud that may exist over the right-of-way beneath federal land at Lake Oahe."