In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order approving construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a local Native American tribe opposed to the project has accused the government of contaminating their water in an effort to wipe them out.
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux argued that construction of the pipeline would poison their water supply in a deliberate effort to shut down their group, which has been an adamant opponent of the pipeline for months.
“They’re trying to kill us off by contaminating the water. We’ve had enough,” tribe member Frank Archambault contended, according to Reuters.
The tribe filed a last-ditch court challenge in regards to their concerns on Thursday after the federal government gave the go-ahead for construction of the pipeline on Wednesday.
Seeking a temporary restraining order to halt construction and drilling for the pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux argued that the project violated their environmental rights.
Trump’s administration “has expressed utter and complete disregard for not only our treaty and water rights, but the environment as a whole,” the tribe wrote on Wednesday in a statement on its website.
Despite the last-minute legal challenge, Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline, pushed forward with construction and estimated that the line would be complete by May.
Once completed, the pipeline has been slated to deliver nearly 500,000 barrels of oil per day to Illinois from North Dakota — something proponents of the project believed to be the safest method of transporting such a high volume of oil.
Research from the Fraser Institute concerning similar pipelines in Canada showed that moving oil and gas in this manner, as opposed to by train or truck, was 4.5 times safer due to the additional safety measures that could be placed on a pipeline, according to the Financial Post.
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