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Beautiful open fields of South Dakota on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation reservation. Corson County, South Dakota. (Image: Neil Noland via Flickr)

Sioux tribe to meet with fed official over pipeline concerns

MOBRIDGE, S.D. (AP) — Members of the Standing Rock Sioux plan to meet with a federal official later this week to express their concerns over a planned oil pipeline.

The $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline planned by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners would carry crude from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to Illinois.

Tribal officials oppose it because they fear an oil spill could contaminate drinking water on the reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.

The proposed 1,130-mile pipeline would pass through the Dakotas and Iowa on its way to Illinois. Regulators in all states have approved the project, though it still needs approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Tribal officials have scheduled a meeting with a corps official on Friday in Mobridge, South Dakota.

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