Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline developer, has refused to reroute the pipeline. They argue that their pipeline is the safest possible way to transport oil and they've done their due diligence in designing the route.
Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren told employee the pipeline is nearly 60 percent complete and that "concerns about the pipeline's impact on the local water supply are unfounded." The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and others argue the project will impact drinking water for thousands of tribal members and millions downstream. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "I am confident that as long as the government ultimately decides the fate of the project based on science and engineering, the Dakota Access Pipeline will become operational. ... So we will continue to obey the rules and trust the process," he wrote.
A federal judge denied the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's request to pause pipeline construction, but three federal agencies have halted construction on land owned by the Army Corps of Engineers.
"The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe until it can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions regarding the Lake Oahe site under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or other federal laws," the statement read.
Here's why people think DAPL should be built. Supporters argue pipelines are safer than shipping oil by train. The pipeline would create jobs in the area and contribute to America's energy independence.