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] 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.
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(Score: 1) by khallow on Friday June 23 2017, @01:02AM
A huge problem here is that the comparison is biased. Tanker rail cars are taken off the tracks after about 20 years, by law. But about half the US's oil pipelines are fifty or more years old. So when comparing spilled oil rates, we're comparing fairly new rail cars to a high portion of ancient pipelines which are naturally going to leak a lot more than a modern one. Now, that may also be an argument for replacing pipelines with more modern ones, but that's not the argument being made.