July 6, 2020

Federal judge orders Dakota Access pipeline to close

Ben Lefebvre, writing for Politico:

Judge James Boasberg for the U.S. District Court District of Columbia ruled that the Dakota Access pipeline must be emptied while the Army Corps of Engineers conducts the environmental impact review that it should have completed before it granted an easement that allowed Energy Transfer Partners to build the pipeline bringing North Dakota crude oil to Illinois in the first place.

Native American tribes had challenged the easement as part of their years-long legal battle against the pipeline, which they have said poses an environmental threat to Lake Oahe, a reservoir on tribal land that the pipeline passes under. “It took four long years, but today justice has been served at Standing Rock,” Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman, who represented the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, said in a statement.

Time and time again these pipelines prove unreliable and unsafe.