Army Corps Easement Process and Dakota Access Pipeline Easement Status [February 2, 2017] [open pdf - 247KB]
"The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a 1,172-mile pipeline system to transport oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline's developer is pursuing a route that would cross under the Missouri River on federally owned land in North Dakota at the Lake Oahe project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). Public debate and litigation over the pipeline has raised questions for Congress regarding the Corps process for granting pipeline easements to cross federally owned, Corps-managed land (hereinafter referred to as Corps land), including the scope of impacts considered, especially oil spill risks and tribal impacts. Below is a discussion of both the Corps' process for approving pipeline easements and the DAPL easement request specifically."
CRS Insight, IN10644
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html