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posted by martyb on Monday June 19 2017, @11:47AM   Printer-friendly
from the considering-the-other-side dept.

AlterNet reports

A federal judge ruled [June 14] that the Trump administration must conduct additional environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline, handing a limited victory to Native American tribes fighting the administration's decision to move forward with the project.

In an extensive opinion,[PDF][1] Washington, DC District Court Judge James Boasberg sided with the tribes by agreeing the Army Corps of Engineers "did not consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, human rights, or environmental justice."

[...] Boasberg did not order a shutdown of operations on the pipeline, which began pumping oil early this month. The tribes and pipeline owner Energy Transfer Partners are ordered to appear in court next week to decide next legal steps, and the tribes are expected to argue for a full shutdown of pipeline operations.

[1] Link in article redirects.

Previous coverage:
Dakota Access Pipeline Suffers Oil Leak Even Before Becoming Operational
Recent News Dispatches From Standing Rock (DAPL)
Army Corp of Engineers Now Accepting Public Comment on the Dakota Access Pipeline
Army Corps of Engineers Blocks the Dakota Access Pipeline
Standing Rock Protester May Lose Her Arm Because of Police Grenades
Water Cannons Used in Sub-Freezing Temperatures at Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Protest
Standing Rock Protestors Gassed and Attacked; Bundy Gang Acquitted [Updated]
Journalist Charged in North Dakota with Rioting; Case is Dismissed

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by VLM on Monday June 19 2017, @01:08PM (3 children)

    by VLM (445) on Monday June 19 2017, @01:08PM (#527879)

    Its interesting how the issue has been abstracted and politicized into a referendum on Trump, which is all the discussion is at this point.

    However, I found it interesting to learn "the hidden truth" about the actual situation via some google searches.

    Some interesting things to google for... "oil spill liability trust fund" and its tax. Something I didn't know is there's an excise tax of 9 cents per barrel that's continually increased since the 90s to fund spill cleanup. The biggest problem with the trust fund seems to be something like the big BP spill bumped up against the liability limit of a billion bucks. No matter what happens to this reservation the cost doesn't seem possible to approach a billion. Its an interesting socialized insurance system.

    Its surprisingly difficult to find information about the fund but I did find a treasury dept balance sheet from Jan 1 2014 which claims the fund is worth $2.7B at that date, so given the liability limit of $1B per event its surprisingly well funded.

    In a way learning the facts is not useful, because the people in opposition to Trump (or in favor) are certainly not going to stop merely because of reality. However its interesting to daydream past the well known propaganda given some facts.

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Whoever on Monday June 19 2017, @02:59PM

    by Whoever (4524) on Monday June 19 2017, @02:59PM (#527937) Journal

    Apparently you didn't find all the "hidden truth".

    Look up the original route. What was the justification for changing the route?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 19 2017, @05:29PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 19 2017, @05:29PM (#528038)

    politicized into a referendum on Trump

    Should it be referred to Obama or Bush?

    In a way learning the facts is not useful

    You are largely right about that:
    "It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into." - Jonathan Swift

    Reality does win in the end, but you just need to know when and where to bet your money to take advantage of your knowledge. Social enterprises, such as politics, have less to do with reality so it is probably best to keep that quote in mind.

  • (Score: 3, Touché) by DeathMonkey on Monday June 19 2017, @07:49PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Monday June 19 2017, @07:49PM (#528107) Journal

    Yes, the people who have been protesting for like two years now can all see the future and have been referenduming against Trump this whole time.