While no official announcement as come from the Army and the easement has not been officially released, Senator John Hoeven released a statement on Tuesday indicating that a decision has been made. National environmental groups joined the fray soon after, bringing the issue to global attention.
But a local tribe opposed to the pipeline vowed to continue to fight the project in court.
Though many activists left Standing Rock after the Obama administration denied the company's permits in December, some have remained camped out by the construction site through the harsh North Dakota winter.
Hoeven said he spoke on Tuesday with Vice President Mike Pence and Speer about the easement.
"The Army Corps lacks statutory authority to simply stop the EIS and issue the easement".
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other protesters at the Sacred Stone Camp say the plan "threatens everything from farming and drinking water to entire ecosystems, wildlife and food sources surrounding the Missouri" as well as crossing sacred sites. The move follows a memo from President Donald Trump on January 24 directing that the agency expedite reviews and approvals for the project, which was proposed to carry Bakken crude 1,172 miles across four states to IL, where it can more readily access refineries that handle light sweet crude.
Jan Hasselman, an attorney with the nonprofit group Earthjustice representing the tribe, told ABC News on Tuesday night that the statements from Hoeven and Cramer saying the easement would be granted are premature.
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Speer's order comes one week after President Trump signed a directive instructing the Army Corps to quickly issue a construction easement for a stretch of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.
"If and when the easement is granted, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will vigorously pursue legal action", the statement read.
Indeed, "t$3 o abandon the EIS would amount to a wholly unexplained and arbitrary change based on the president's personal views and, potentially, personal investments", the statement continued.
"We can't give up. And finally, we hope that individuals on all sides of this issue will be able to move forward peacefully as this process draws to a close".
But she added: "People are strong".
"I'm not going to run people's camps over".
Trump's speedy effort to approve the pipeline was not surprising, she said. "I feel like these next four years are going to be really hard".