“Dakota Access has repeatedly indicated to the Corps that if we can agree on a date certain upon which we can complete construction, Dakota Access is prepared to suspend construction activities near Lake Oahe for a reasonable time period as part of an effort to diffuse tension and to facilitate the peaceful removal of protestors from the protest site. The Corps has steadfastly and repeatedly rejected that offer.
In our view, the authority to complete construction is part and parcel of a river crossing permit which was issued by the Corps on July 25. …the Corps review continues even though the grounds for doing so are unclear and reek of political interference. Given that fact, Dakota Access has been left with no choice but to fulfill its responsibilities to its tens of thousands of unitholders by continuing its efforts to complete the project.”