Dakota Access Saga Highlights Value Of Tribal Consultations

Law360, New York (June 7, 2017, 9:20 PM EDT) -- A headline-grabbing protest campaign led by Native Americans failed to stop the controversial Dakota Access pipeline from being built and put into service, but experts say the battle over the pipeline shows that energy infrastructure developers would be wise to reach out and try to iron out any potential disputes with tribes before their opposition turns into a cause célèbre.

Energy Transfer Partners said in a June 1 statement that its Dakota Access LLC unit has begun commercial service through the $3.8 billion pipeline and another ETP pipeline to move crude oil from the Bakken shale region of North Dakota to...

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