In this week's news, the rig count rose by one for its fifth straight week of rising, and the Sioux Tribe in North Dakota has filed a lawsuit against the Dakota Access Pipeline

The number of rigs seeking oil and natural gas was up a fifth straight week by one rig to 463, according to oilfield services company Baker Hughes in data released on July 29.

The Houston-based company says 374 rigs were seeking oil, 86 for natural gas and three were listed as miscellaneous.

Louisiana and New Mexico each went up by two rigs, while Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania all went up by one. Texas lost three rigs, while Alaska and West Virginia dropped by two each and Utah was down one.

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Last year 874 rigs were active.

Sioux Tribe Files Lawsuit Against Dakota Access Pipeline

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is seeking to block construction of a 1,000-mile pipeline in North Dakota that it says threatens its culture and promises to foul its waterways and sacred lands.

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The $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,134-mile-long underground pipeline intended to move crude oil from the Bakken oilfields in northwest North Dakota, through South Dakota, Iowa, and end in Patoka, Illinois. The pipeline is expected to have the capacity to move 570,000 gallons of oil a day.

In a lawsuit filed July 27, the tribe says the project will transport the oil through thousands of acres of delicate ecosystem that it depends on, and that the crude will flow immediately beneath Lake Oahe, the community’s major source of fresh drinking water.

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