BREAKING NEWS! FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS 'DAKOTA PIPELINE' SHUT DOWN AND EMPTIED. Yesterday, a Federal judge vacated a federal permit which bassackwards allowed the pipeline to operate while the Army Corps of Engineers conducted its environmental impact research..
Unsurprisingly, pipeline proponents promise legal actions to try and overturn the ruling. Jim
"The Dakota Access Pipeline, an oil route from North Dakota to Illinois that has inspired intense protests and legal battles, must shut down pending an environmental review and be emptied of oil by Aug. 5, a district court ruled on Monday.
"The decision, which could be subject to appeal, is a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Native American and environmental groups who have fought the project for years…
"The ruling, by Judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is the latest twist in a long-running legal battle. It essentially vacates a federal permit that had allowed the pipeline to operate while the United States Army Corps of Engineers, which had granted the permits for the pipeline, conducted an extensive environmental impact review…
"The Dakota Access Pipeline has been carrying oil for three years. In 2016, it was the subject of monthslong protests, and legal battles and political campaigns continued after the remnants of the protest camp were razed.
“'It took four long years,' said Jan Hasselman, a lawyer with the environmental group Earthjustice who represents the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. 'But today justice has been served at Standing Rock.'"
The ruling, a victory for the Native American and environmentalist groups who oppose the pipeline, said that it must be emptied of oil by Aug. 5.