The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Sunday that the Dakota Access Pipeline under the Missouri River Crossing in the Standing Rock Reserve in North Dakota may no longer be crossed. This was a great win for Indians and demonstrators who had long spoken out against the building.
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A district court ruled on Monday that the Dakota Access Pipeline must be shut down within 30 days by August 5. This is clear from a copy of the document received from USA Today.
The U.S. District Court of District of Columbia scrapped a key permit from the Army Corps of Engineers and ordered the pipeline to end its three-year oil delivery from the Bakken shale in North Dakota to its Illinois endpoint. The decision was the end of a year-long legal battle for environmental damage to the Missouri River-owned pipeline owned by Energy Transfer Partners.
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The court ruled that the pipeline had to be shut down pending a full environmental review.
“The corps, despite the conditions that triggered such a requirement, had not issued an environmental impact statement,” the court ruling said. “Although the Court is aware of the disturbance that such a shutdown will cause, it now concludes that the answer is yes.”
“Given the severity of the Corps’ NEPA error, the impossibility of an easy fix, the fact that Dakota Access knowingly assumed most of its economic risk, and the potential damage on every day the pipeline is in operation, the The Court concluded that the oil flow must stop, “the judgment said.
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