A natural gas pipeline that was being constructed in North Dakota is about to resume operations, with the construction company saying it will now take its workers on vacation for the summer.
The Dakota Access Pipeline, which was built in North Carolina and is intended to bring natural gas from the Bakken region to refineries in Illinois and Iowa, was scheduled to begin operating in mid-July.
The project had been stalled for months as it awaited federal approval for a new gas pipeline.
However, on Wednesday, Dakota Access President Dave Archambault II announced that construction crews would resume work on the project on August 25.
“We have returned to work and are moving forward with construction,” Archambaults statement read.
“The pipeline is expected to be completed in late 2018.
We will continue to work with the government to address any issues they may have with the project and the process.”
The project had faced opposition from environmental groups, including Greenpeace, which had accused the pipeline company of exploiting Native American lands and water resources.
A coalition of Native American groups and environmental organizations sued the pipeline in federal court, arguing that the project was too costly to carry out without an environmental impact statement, or EIS, or environmental impact assessment, or both.
In August, a federal judge ruled against the environmental groups and ordered the government not to proceed with the pipeline project.
Dakota Access has appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court, which is expected later this year.
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