• 3 minutes Could Venezuela become a net oil importer?
  • 7 minutes Reuters: OPEC Ministers Agree In Principle On 1 Million Barrels Per Day Nominal Output Increase
  • 12 minutes Battle for Oil Port: East Libya Forces In Full Control At Ras Lanuf
  • 49 mins Could Venezuela become a net oil importer?
  • 7 hours Reuters: OPEC Ministers Agree In Principle On 1 Million Barrels Per Day Nominal Output Increase
  • 4 hours Tesla Closing a Dozen Solar Facilities in Nine States
  • 10 hours Saudi Arabia plans to physically cut off Qatar by moat, nuclear waste and military base
  • 4 hours Why is permian oil "locked in" when refineries abound?
  • 40 mins Gazprom Exports to EU Hit Record
  • 32 mins Could oil demand collapse rapidly? Yup, sure could.
  • 28 mins Oil Buyers Club
  • 2 hours EU Leaders Set To Prolong Russia Sanctions Again
  • 3 hours Oil prices going down
  • 22 hours Teapots Cut U.S. Oil Shipments
  • 18 hours Battle for Oil Port: East Libya Forces In Full Control At Ras Lanuf
  • 4 hours EVs Could Help Coal Demand
  • 13 hours Saudi Arabia turns to solar
  • 23 hours Hot line, Macron: Phone Calls With Trump Are Like Sausages Best Not To Know What Is Inside
  • 10 hours China’s Plastic Waste Ban Will Leave 111 Million Tons of Trash With Nowhere To Go

District Judge Rules Dakota Access Can Continue Operating

Dakota Access Pipeline

The Dakota Access oil pipeline can continue shipping oil from North Dakota’s Bakken fields to Illinois despite protests, U.S. district judge James Boasberg ruled in the latest chapter of the saga around the project.

Four months ago, Boasberg ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out a new environmental impact review since the original one failed to adequately address the consequences of a potential oil spill on the fishing and hunting rights of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which leads the protests against a section of the pipeline that is adjacent to tribal lands.

The US$3.8-billion, 470,000-bpd pipeline started carrying crude in May, and after the judge’s latest ruling will continue to do so at least until next April, while the Army Corps conducts its review. The Standing Rock sued the Army Corps. for its approval of the pipeline, using the argument that it would contaminate its main water source, the Missouri River.

The company that built the Dakota Access, Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP), has countered the tribe’s claims by pointing out that there are several other pipelines that already under Lake Oahe that have been there for decades and have drawn no protests. DAPL runs parallel to an existing pipeline, the Northern Border Pipeline, and does not actually pass through tribal lands.

Related: World’s No.1 Oil Trader: U.S. To See Final Oil Output Spike In 2018

In June the plaintiffs asked the court to suspend the operation of Dakota Access until the environmental review is ready, but Boasberg ruled that suspension is not the best course of action: now that the Army Corps. was conducting the environmental review with the pipeline in operation, they could prove that an oil spill would not have adverse effects on the environment.

“The dispute over the Dakota Access Pipeline has now taken nearly as many twists and turns as the 1,200-mile pipeline itself,” Judge Boasberg said in his latest ruling, adding that the flaws discovered in the Army Corps. original review were not “fundamental or incurable”.

The judge cautioned the Army Corps., however, to not treat the review as mere bureaucracy. If the plaintiffs are still unhappy with the review after its second version, they would have the chance to voice their grievances next year.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News