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Work halted on pipeline Enbridge spending $1.5B US to buy into

Developers have halted work on part of a major pipeline project in North Dakota that Enbridge Inc. recently announced it would spend US$1.5 billion to buy into.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota sued federal regulators last month for approving the pipeline

Workers unload pipes in May 2015 for the proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline that would stretch from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois. (Nati Harnik/Associated Press)

Developers have halted work on part of a major pipeline project in North Dakota that Enbridge Inc. recently announced it would spend $1.5 billion US to buy into.

The $3.7-billion US Dakota Access pipeline is set to run through four states and has faced protests and opposition over concerns about environmental impacts.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in southern North Dakota sued federal regulators last month for approving the pipeline, arguing it would affect drinking water and disturb sacred sites.

Native Americans protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota on Aug. 12, 2016. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said Thursday that developers of the $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline have agreed to halt construction of the project until a federal court hearing on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (James MacPherson/Associated Press)

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners said Thursday it will stop work near the reservation until a temporary injunction hearing next week, but that work continues in other parts of the state.

Bakken pipeline system

Calgary-based Enbridge, through its affiliate Enbridge Energy Partners, announced on Aug. 2 that it would acquire a 27.6-per-cent indirect interest in the Bakken pipeline system that includes the Dakota Access pipeline.

At the time, Enbridge said it would re-evaluate and end joint-venture agreements on its delayed $2.6-billion Sandpiper Pipeline project if the deal involving the Dakota Access pipeline goes through.

The 1,886-kilometre Dakota Access pipeline is designed to carry 470,000 barrels of oil a day from production fields in North Dakota to Patoka, Ill.

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