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Pro-pipeline industry group blasts delay

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An industry group that supports the Dakota Access pipeline says the latest decision by the Army is an attempt at "death by delay."

The Army announced late Monday it had finished reviewing its process for approving the pipeline's route on land owned by the Army Corps of Engineers. But it said it needs more study and wants input from the Standing Rock Sioux before it allows the pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir.

The MAIN Coalition - made of agriculture, business and labor entities that benefit from Midwest infrastructure projects - called it a political decision. Spokesman Craig Stevens said it's an example of why voters rejected Democrats in last week's election. And he said he hopes it's not the final word on the pipeline with Donald Trump set to take office. 

The pipeline developer, Energy Transfer Partners, didn't immediately comment on the Army announcement.

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