The company building a $3.8 billion oil pipeline, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, sought a federal judge’s permission Tuesday to by-pass President Barack Obama’s administration and move ahead with a disputed section of the project in North Dakota. Opponents across the country have been holding protests urging it to be rejected. The company asked the court to let them lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir. This is a plan the Standing Rock Sioux says threatens its drinking water and cultural sites. On Monday, The Army Corps of Engineers said it needs more time to study the impact of the plan.
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