The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline plan to request a hearing on DAPL’s recent proposed expansion.The Bismarck Tribune reports pipeline operators Energy Transfer want to increase the oil flow to nearly double the current rate.

More specifically, "The company wants to transport up to 1.1 million barrels per day by building additional pumping stations in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois."

A legal representative for the tribe makes their intentions clear: “The tribe wants the pipeline shut down; however, there is a proposal on the table,” an attorney says. “Someone needs to be accountable to make sure that’s safe and legal.”

While the public hearing has not yet been confirmed, Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak told the Tribune it is certainly under consideration.

Members of the public have until August 9 to put in their requests for a hearing, after which the commission says it will make its decision.

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