BISMARCK, N.D. — An appeals court Saturday refused to stop the flow of oil through the Dakota Access pipeline, which could begin Monday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a request from Native American tribes for an emergency order to stop the pipeline from moving North Dakota oil to Illinois.

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes have been trying to stop it from operating while their legal challenge against the pipeline proceeds.

The tribes fear the pipeline could harm their water supply. The developer of the $3.8 billion pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, of Dallas, disputes that.

— Associated Press

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