ND lawmakers sound off after final easement issued for Dakota Access Pipeline

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) North Dakota lawmakers are weighing in after the Army Corps of Engineers granted the final permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline this week.

Construction on the pipeline is now resuming, less than 24 hours after the Federal Government granted a final easement allowing for completion of the project on Wednesday.

Now, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is sounding off, after months of protests and ongoing legal challenges.

“At the end of the day, we have got to get out of limbo," Sen. Heitkamp said.

Sen. Heitkamp says the Army's announcement brings the pipeline conflict one step closer to resolution.

“We've been pushing for a decision for a long time. Obviously, this is an important step and we look forward to moving the implementation forward," she explained.

"It's important that we get it concluded," said Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND).

Sen. Hoeven says the disruption has been a major challenge for residents of North Dakota, and he worries about the mess protesters have left behind at the campsite.

“It's not a question of it's going to flood, it will flood. It's very important that clean up gets done before the snow melts and that area is under water," Sen. Hoeven explained.

However, the legal fight isn't over. The Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes are filing a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order.

Tribal Chairman, Dave Archambault II issued a statement after the easement was granted this week.

"We will continue to fight against an administration that seeks to dismiss not only our treaty rights and status as sovereign nations, but the safe drinking water of millions of Americans," Archambault said in the statement.

Judge James Boasberg will now hear arguments on the tribe’s motion for a temporary restraining order on Monday at the U.S. District Court here in our nation’s capital.

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