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US District Court: Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law

Accepted submission by -- OriginalOwner_ http://tinyurl.com/OriginalOwner at 2017-06-16 05:34:05 from the considering-the-other-side dept.
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AlterNet reports [alternet.org]

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 [earthjustice.org],[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 [nydailynews.com]. 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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