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USACE seeks public comments on DAPL Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Published Sept. 8, 2023
Updated: Sept. 8, 2023

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers –Omaha District is seeking public comments on the recently published Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Dakota Access, LLC’s request for an easement under the Mineral Leasing Act for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dakota Access Pipeline crosses the Corps-managed federal land at Lake Oahe, North Dakota. The DEIS is not a decision and does not authorize the easement. This milestone is the second step in the National Environmental Policy Act environmental review process and will be followed by a Final Environmental Impact Statement. The Final Environmental Impact Statement will include public comments that were received during the Draft Environmental Impact Statement public review period.

Pursuant to Section 28 of the Mineral Leasing Act, federal agencies have the authority to grant an easement for private oil and gas pipelines when the pipeline crosses federal land. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District is developing the Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate the Dakota Access Pipeline easement request to cross federally managed land at Lake Oahe under this Mineral Leasing Act authority.

View the Draft Environmental Impact Statement online at:

DAPL Project Site


EPA EIS Database


Federal Register 


Physical copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement are located at :

Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library - 515 N 5th St, Bismarck, North Dakota 58501

A.H. Brown Public Library - 521 N Main St E, Mobridge, South Dakota 57601

Rawlins Municipal Library – 1000 E Church St, Pierre, South Dakota 57501

Sitting Bull College – Fort Yates Campus, 9299 Hwy 24 Fort Yates, North Dakota 58538

Public comments will be accepted through November 13, 2023. 


Comments on the DAPL EIS, can be mailed to:

Attn: Brent Cossette
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


1616 Capitol Avenue

Omaha, NE 68102


Comments can also be emailed to


Public meetings where public comments will also be accepted have been scheduled for the following dates:

Where: The Radisson Hotel, 605 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501

When: November 1 and 2, 2023, Public Meeting 6-9 p.m. CST





Release no. 23-033