BISMARCK, N.D. - The Public Service Commission unanimously denied a request by Dakota Access LLC to dismiss a complaint filed against them on Tuesday.
Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access Pipeline, failed to notify the PSC about a change in the pipeline route after the company made an unanticipated discovery of artifacts.
The site, which contained rock cairns (shown in the video at the website), was preserved, but the commission wasn't notified until 10 days after the findings which isn't proper protocol.
"The legal requirements for setting forth a claim have been satisfied, and the determination of the allegation will be made after hearing of evidence of both parties," said Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak.
The Commission's Advocacy Staff recommends a $15,000 fine, but that could change after the hearings.