Dakota Access Pipeline protesters gather in New York
The 1,172 mile oil pipeline will pass through sacred burial grounds and the Missouri river--the major water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.? Photograph: (AFP)
Companies behind the Dakota Access Pipelines filed papers on Monday in Washington district court to "end the Administration's political interference in the Dakota Access Pipeline review process" late Monday.
Energy Transfer Partners and its subsidiary, Sunoco Logistics Partners, who are responsible for the construction of the pipeline said the delay has cost them more than $100 billion.
Meanwhile, protesters took to the streets of New York in solidarity with the Sioux people after the government's hold up over granting an easement for the pipelines construction.
The 1,172 mile (1,885 kilometer) oil pipeline will pass through sacred burial grounds and the Missouri river--the major water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
"We want to stand with the Sioux people in defending sacred land against poisonous pipelines," said protester Marty Goodman. "They're threatening millions of people in the entire region and threaten ultimately the climate of the entire planet."
The $3.7 billion pipeline, which is nearly complete has drawn severe criticism from enviromental activists who say in addition to destroying the burial grounds, it will pollute all nearby water sources.
Robert O'Neil, a protester told Reuters, "I honor the Native American, I honor what they stand for, I honor what they say in terms of being earth and water protectors."
"They want nothing but clean water for their area at Standing Rock. That's the simple truth. They don't want to play any games, they just want to have clean water and they have every right to that on their sacred land."
(WION with inputs from Reuters)