Two construction companies are suing to have the names of their employees removed from websites that include a photo of them building the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Dakota Access pipeline project was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on March 26, 2016, but protesters say it would pollute their water supplies and contaminate their drinking water.
The two companies in question are Dakota Access and Energy Transfer Partners.
The companies have not filed a lawsuit yet.
Their attorney, Jim Jelena, told the Associated Press that they plan to appeal.
The AP reported on Thursday that the companies have filed a request to the Army Corps to remove the photo of construction workers, which they say is “likely a defamatory picture” of the two companies.
The photo includes an employee wearing a T-shirt with the words “Dakota Access” on it.
The photos of the workers have been posted on sites across the U.
“The photos also have been published in several newspapers and online.
The two companies also released a statement in which they denied any wrongdoing.
The statement read, “The two Dakota Access contractors who built the Dakota Pipeline have been involved in many projects and were not involved in the Dakota Water Protection Act, which protects the water supply and water quality of the water of the U’s drinking water supply.
“We are confident that the U is not complicit in any wrongdoing in this case.”
The AP said the two lawsuits could have a significant impact on Dakota Access’ business prospects.