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Signs are displayed Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in the bitter weather at an encampment near Cannon Ball, N.D., to protest the Dakota Access pipeline. Some protesters are vowing to stay in the camp despite a Trump administration order that seeks to expedite the pipeline's completion. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

The Army Corps of Engineers will approve construction of the Dakota Access pipeline


The Army Corps of Engineers will approve the easement needed to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline within a day, according to the Hill. The news came just two weeks after President Trump wrote a letter to the federal agency asking it to approve the pipeline as soon as possible. 

The Army Corps also informed the court that it would bypass an intensive environmental impact statement on the pipeline, which would have further delayed the project for a year or more. 

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has said the pipeline will endanger its water supply and protested the pipeline for months. It's likely that they will challenge the court's ruling.

The crossing runs under Lake Oahe and is the final major piece of work remaining in the $3.8 billion pipeline.  The lake is key to the tribe's water supply. A "significant" leak from a pipeline 200 miles from Standing Rock forced a shutdown in December. But Energy Transfer Partners, the pipe's developer, insists DAPL is safe.

Outside of the pipeline itself, much work remains to be done to clean up old protest sites.

The protest camp's population has been reduced to fewer than 300 people due to frigid North Dakota winters and a plea by Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault to disband the protests before spring's flooding season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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