Court Rules on Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted on 20. Oct, 2017 by in Creation

A federal judge ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline can continue operating while we wait for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete its environmental review.

It’s been over a year since we first filed our lawsuit against the Corps and asked it to simply acknowledge and address the threat this pipeline poses to the people of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Although the Court has agreed with us that the Corps violated key environmental laws, the threat from the pipeline persists.

The pipeline has already experienced three separate leaks since President Trump directed the Corps to move forward with the project despite widespread opposition. A major spill or a slow leak in the Missouri would be a catastrophe for the people of Standing Rock and the millions of others that rely on the river.

This decision is a disappointing continuation of a historic pattern: other people take all the profits while tribes face all the risk and harm. The court already found that the Corps violated the law when it issued the permits for the pipeline without thoroughly considering the impact on the people of Standing Rock. The company should not be allowed to continue operating the pipeline while the Corps studies that threat.

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