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Energy Transfer committed to building North Dakota pipeline-letter

NEW YORK, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The company building a pipeline to transport oil from North Dakota to the U.S. Gulf Coast said on Tuesday it remained committed to completing construction even after the U.S. Justice Department blocked the project while Native Americans and other protesters geared up for another day of demonstrations.

"We are committed to completing construction and safely operating the Dakota Access Pipeline within the confines of the law," Kelcy Warren, chairman and chief executive officer of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP, said in the letter to employees, which was provided to media.

The U.S. Justice Department on Friday blocked construction along a 40-mile stretch in North Dakota, following the protests that have attracted...