CANNON BALL, N.D. - One holdup on construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline is the lack of an easement from the Army Corps of Engineers. That could be changing soon.
U.S. Senator John Hoeven met with members of the Corps to press them to approve the final easement for the pipeline.
Hoeven met with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy to explain why the people of North Dakota need this issue to come to an end. Hoeven said the situation is causing stress for the locals who live in the area and taxing the law enforcement who deal with it on a daily basis.
“That's necessary so that life can return to normal for our farmers and ranchers in that region, and also for our law enforcement who are working very hard lives and property, but we need to have this situation resolved,” said Hoeven.
Hoeven says he has also been working to relieve law enforcement by providing them with assistance from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact which allows states to share resources during times of disaster.