May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

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If Confirmed, Native American Site May Delay $3.8 Billion Pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Discovery of an archaeological site that may have cultural significance to Native Americans could further delay construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline if government officials require the route to be moved. Houston-based Dakota Access LLC wants to build the pipeline — designed to carry a half-million barrels of oil a day — from northwest North Dakota to a storage facility in south-central Illinois. Construction has begun in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois, but the Iowa Utilities Board has not authorized work to begin. On Friday, Iowa State Archaeologist John Doershuk said his office had received information indicating a possible Native American site in n

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