US appeals court denies Dakota Access oil pipeline stay request

The company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline, shown here in October 2016 when construction was underway, is seeking state approval to build a new pumping station in Emmons County. Opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline plan to request a hearing on a proposal to nearly double the pipeline’s capacity.  (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

(Associated Press)

NEW YORK (Reuters) — U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday denied a request from operators of the Dakota Access oil pipeline for a stay, while they seek a Supreme Court review in the company's battle to keep the line open.

The 570,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) pipeline is the largest out of the Bakken shale basin of North Dakota and operators have been locked in a legal battle with Native American tribes on whether the line can stay open.

(This story corrects headline to specify "appeals court" denied request)

(Reporting by Devika Krishna Kumar and Laila Kearney in New York)

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