Hearing to determine the fate of the Dakota Access Pipeline permit

Bismarck, North Dakota (AP) —A hearing was scheduled for Friday to determine whether the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline could continue operations without major permission during the conduct by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Environmental review In the project.

Judge James Bosburg of the U.S. District Court said the corps would grant the easement of a $ 3.8 billion pipeline under Lake Oahe, a reservoir along the Missouri River maintained by the corps. I would like to explain how I “expect to go”.

The hearing in Washington, DC was originally scheduled for February.But the corps filed a complaint with Postpone the hearing To give President Joe Biden’s administration officials more time to get used to the case, including a 2016 proceeding filed by Standing Rocks Reservation to suspend construction. The pipeline went live in 2017 after President Donald Trump took office.

In April 2020, Boasberg fully considered how an oil spill under the Missouri River would affect standing rock fishing and hunting rights, or disproportionately to the tribal community. After deciding that he had not done so, he ordered further environmental research.

The $ 3.8 billion, 1,172 mile (1,886 km) pipeline crosses under the Missouri River, just north of the Standing Rocks Reservation, which straddles the border between North Dakota and South Dakota. Tribes that draw water from rivers say they are afraid of pollution.

The pipeline was subject to months of protest in 2016 and 2017 during its construction and was sometimes violent. The tribe also took legal action against the pipeline after it began transporting oil from North Dakota across South Dakota and Iowa to the Illinois shipping point in June 2017.

Former President Barack Obama’s administration initially denied permission for the project, and the corps was preparing to carry out a complete environmental review. In February 2017, after Trump took office, authorities abandoned the review, granted permission, and concluded that operating the pipeline under the Missouri River did not cause significant environmental problems.


Kolpack reported from Fargo, North Dakota.