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Marathon to appeal order to close pipeline on reservation

July 31, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Marathon Petroleum Corp. plans to appeal an order by a federal agency to shutdown a pipeline that crosses part of an American Indian reservation in North Dakota.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the Bureau of Indian Affairs on July 2 ordered the shutdown of the pipeline that delivers oil to Marathon’s refinery in Mandan. The order comes seven years after an easement allowing the line to cross part of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation expired.


The BIA also is billing Marathon $187 million for damages associated with the trespass of the company’s Tesoro High Plains Pipeline.

The BIA is involved because the federal government owns some of the land that is held in trust for tribal members.

The BIA did not respond to requests for comment. Refinery spokesman Ron Day also declined to comment to the newspaper.

A statement posted on the company’s website Friday said the line remains operational.

The shutdown order comes after several years of negotiations and litigation over the pipeline, which was built in 1953 and has undergone easement renewals every 20 years until the most recent one expired in 2013.

The pipeline operator used to be Tesoro and later changed its name to Andeavor before Marathon acquired the company.