Dakota Access Pipeline construction equipment in North Dakota. Photo: Morton County Sheriff's Department

Dakota Access still fighting small fine for disturbance of tribal artifacts

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has agreed to delay a hearing to discuss the disturbance of tribal artifacts during construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The hearing was to take place August 17. But proceedings were pushed back at the request of the pipeline's wealthy backers, the Associated Press reports.

The commission will instead accept written briefs before convening a hearing. The final one isn't due until September 22, according to a summary released last month, so a decision on a potential $15,000 fine is still a few months away.

According to the commission, the firm waited too long -- 10 days to be exact -- to notify the state after stone cairns and other artifacts were uncovered at a construction site in October 2016. The firm also slightly modified the route of the pipeline without informing the state, according to the commission.

Separately, the firm is facing fines of up to $400,000 for removing trees and shrubs along another portion of the pipeline in North Dakota.

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