The Clinton Foundation has said it is still evaluating whether to resume work on the Dakota Pipeline.
The announcement came as the company faces new protests from Indigenous leaders who say the project is in violation of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s treaty rights.
The tribe said Friday that construction could be delayed as it reviews the environmental impact report.
The foundation said it has reviewed the environmental assessment for the project and will make a decision on whether to proceed.
The group also said it “has not determined the impact of the protests on our work and the impact on our donors,” adding that it has a “good track record of conducting environmental reviews for all projects.”
In the interim, the foundation has made a “significant investment” in environmental restoration projects in South Dakota and Minnesota, including a $5 million restoration project in the state of Minnesota, according to a statement.
The project will include restoration of wetlands, water quality monitoring and other projects, the statement said.
A group of environmental activists led by the Indigenous Environmental Network said in a statement Friday that they are “deeply concerned about the impact the Dakota oil pipeline would have on water supplies, sacred sites and cultural sites and the health of people who rely on them for survival.”
The statement continued: “The Dakota Access pipeline would threaten the sacred sites of the Sioux, Dakota and Mescalero Tribes and would have devastating impacts on Native American communities and the lands of our nation.”