WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and three other Democratic senators are asking President Barack Obama to halt construction of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline until a full environmental review can be completed.
In a statement, the senators said Thursday the request is due to a federal appeals court denying the Standing Rock Sioux’s motion for a temporary work stoppage in southern North Dakota within 20 miles of Lake Oahe. The feds stopped construction on land bordering and under the lake in order to review the permitting process.READ MORE: Homebuyers In Northern California 'High Fire Zones' See Insurance Rates Go Through The Roof
An environmental review would likely delay the pipeline, which Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners hopes to complete by the end of the year.READ MORE: UPDATE: Crews Contain Grass Fire Burning Near Bay Shoreline In San Rafael
White House spokesman Patrick Rodenbush declined to comment.
The other senators are Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Ben Cardin of Maryland and Ed Markey of Massachusetts.MORE NEWS: Rate Hikes Loom After Newsom Expands Drought Declaration To Include Third of California
© Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.